Impure theorizing in an imperfect world: Politics, utopophobia and critical theory in Geuss’s realism

  title={Impure theorizing in an imperfect world: Politics, utopophobia and critical theory in Geuss’s realism},
  author={Peter J. Verov{\vs}ek},
  journal={Philosophy \& Social Criticism},
  pages={265 - 283}
An “impure” realism that draws extensively on non-philosophical sources has challenged mainstream political theory in recent years. These “new realists” reject the “political moralism” of “ethics-first” approaches, holding that theory should start from disagreement and conflict. My basic thesis is that its focus on “the political” and its utopophobia prevent realism from developing normative foundations that can ground social criticism. Many realists, including one of its primary… 
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