Ideal and Non-Ideal Theory

Convenor: Marcus Arvan

Potential paper topics include (but are by no means limited to) the following:

What is the proper role of “ideal theorizing” in political theory?

How well do existing ideal theories apply to non-ideal conditions?  

Should non-ideal theory be guided by, or independent of, ideal theory?  

If non-ideal theory should be guided by ideal theory, how?

If you would like to present a paper in this session, please submit a full paper and abstract to no later than June 1st, 2012. Please also include a separate cover sheet indicating your name, professional status (faculty, graduate student, independent researcher, etc.), and institutional affiliation. Papers may be of any length suitable for a peer-reviewed journal article. Please note that participants are responsible for seeking their own funding for travel/lodging/etc. For further details or questions, please contact Decision notices will be emailed by June 14th, 2012.


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