Rowman and Littlefield International
Justice in a Non-Ideal World

Justice in a Non-Ideal World

Bridging the Gap Between Political Theory and Real-World Politics

By Alexandre Gajevic Sayegh

Part of the series Studies in Social and Global Justice

Publication Date: May 2019

Pages 256

Hardback 9781786608765
Ebook 9781786608772
Not available for pre-order
The realisation of justice in the real world requires moral principles and political action. This book offers a roadmap for these two notions to connect. It explains how action-guiding principles are formulated by seeking cross-disciplinary input. Also, it casts light on the concepts that occupy the space between political morality and real-world politics, which are often used as reasons to obstruct the progression of social justice, e.g. feasibility, fact-sensitivity, compliance and path-dependence. This book argues for a re-appropriation of these concepts in the name of justice. Many examples will be provided, but the book focuses especially on the case of climate change. It will offer a detailed case study on the realisation of climate justice.
Introduction / Part I / 1. On the Roles and Limits of Ideal Theory / 2. Overcoming the ‘Paradox’ of Ideal Theory / 3. Action-Guidance in a Non-Ideal World /4. Transitional Theory: Connecting Ideals with Political Action / Part II / 5. Tax Competition / 6. Climate Justice / 7. Carbon Pricing / Conclusion
What is our ideal of justice? What can we do to make the world a better place here and now? Bridging these questions, this insightful study presents a conceptual framework for formulating action-guiding principles. Case studies from climate change and international taxation provide refreshing illustrations of how to use abstract values as inspiration while showing sensitivity to empirical facts.
Peter Dietsch, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Montreal
Alexandre Gajevic Sayegh is Postdoctoral Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and a Lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences at Yale University.

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