The neorepublican challenge to egalitarian-liberalism: evaluating justifications of redistributive institutions

Faculty/Professorship: Political Theory  
Author(s): Sirsch, Jürgen ; Unger, Doris
Title of the Journal: Critical review of international social and political philosophy : CRISPP
ISSN: 1743-8772
Publisher Information: London : Taylor & Francis
Year of publication: 2019
Volume: 22
Issue: Published online: 19 Jul 2019
Pages: Online-Ressource
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1080/13698230.2019.1644580
Neorepublicans like Philip Pettit and Frank Lovett claim that neorepublicanism provides a superior normative research program compared to egalitarian-liberalism. Particularly, they argue that neorepublicanism offers a better justification of redistributive policies, which are normally associated with egalitarian-liberalism. According to Lovett and Pettit, the neorepublican justification is superior because it rests on parsimonious theoretical assumptions and is more suitable to persuade people of redistributive institutions. We contest these claims on the grounds of methodological and substantive moral reasons. We argue that the neorepublican arguments claiming rhetorical effectiveness and parsimony rest on methodological presuppositions that reflect an unattractive understanding of political philosophy. Additionally, since neorepublicanism lacks a (thin) theory of the good, it does not provide a sufficient basis for justifying redistributive policies.
Keywords: Neorepublicanism redistribution, Egalitarian-liberalism, Justice, freedom as non-domination
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 25. July 2019