Political Thought and Real Politics: ‘Realism’ in Historical and Normative Perspective

A Workshop under the Auspices of the History of Political Thought Project,
University Center for Human Values, Princeton University


Friday, February 15th

9:30 a.m. Introduction:


Jan-Werner Müller


9:45 a.m. Ideal and Not-so-Ideal? Consensus, Conflict, and the Question of Legitimacy


Chair: Jan-Werner Müller

Andrew Sabl - Three Faces of Idealism and their Realist Discontents
Carla Yumatle - Political Realism: Pluralism, Legitimacy and Morality
Jörg Schaub - Political Philosophy as Applied Moral Philosophy – The Critique of New Realism


11:15 a.m. History, Time, and Place – Keys to Realist Political Theory?


Chair: Paul Starr

Richard Bourke - Realism and History
David Lebow - A Deliberative Realism?
Daniel Deudney - Planetary Geopolitics & the Obsolescence of Realism


2:00 p.m. Theory and Practice, Abstraction and Context


Chair: Stephen Macedo

Rahul Sagar - Brute Facts
Katrina Forrester - Political realism: can philosophy help?
Mark Philp - Realism About Acting in Politics


4:00 p.m. Concluding Roundtable: What is Real about Realism?


Chair: Jan-Werner Müller

Danielle Allen
Mark Greif
George Kateb
Paulina Ochoa Espejo