Applied Political and Legal Philosophy

Applied Political and Legal Philosophy, in The Blackwell Companion to Applied Philosophy, Kimberley Brownlee, David Coady, and Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, (eds.), Wiley, 2017

Villanova Law/Public Policy Research Paper No. 2016-1038

15 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2017 Last revised: 29 Mar 2017

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Michelle Madden Dempsey

Villanova University School of Law

Matthew J. Lister

Deakin University School of Law

Date Written: November 14, 2016

Abstract

This chapter examines three approaches to applied political and legal philosophy: Standard activism is primarily addressed to other philosophers, adopts an indirect and coincidental role in creating change, and counts articulating sound arguments as success. Extreme activism, in contrast, is a form of applied philosophy directly addressed to policy-makers, with the goal of bringing about a particular outcome, and measures success in terms of whether it makes a direct causal contribution to that goal. Finally, conceptual activism (like standard activism), primarily targets an audience of fellow philosophers, bears a distant, non-direct, relation to a desired outcome, and counts success in terms of whether it encourages a particular understanding and adoption of the concepts under examination.

Keywords: Applied philosophy, Political Philosophy, Legal Philosophy, Standard Activism, Extreme Activism, Conceptual Activism, Methodology

Suggested Citation

Dempsey, Michelle Madden and Lister, Matthew J., Applied Political and Legal Philosophy (November 14, 2016). Applied Political and Legal Philosophy, in The Blackwell Companion to Applied Philosophy, Kimberley Brownlee, David Coady, and Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, (eds.), Wiley, 2017; Villanova Law/Public Policy Research Paper No. 2016-1038. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2922721

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Matthew J. Lister

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