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Social Theory and Practice

Volume 45, Issue 4, October 2019

Amy Berg
Pages 501-524

Incomplete Ideal Theory

What is the best way to make sustained societal progress over time? Non-ideal theory done on its own faces the problem of second best, but ideal theory seems unable to cope with disagreement about how to make progress. If ideal theory gives up its claims to completeness, then we can use the method of incompletely theorized agreements to make progress over time.

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