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Ronquist, Filippa; (2022) Realist Legitimacy. Masters thesis (M.Phil.Stud), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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This thesis is an investigation of realist theories of political legitimacy, with a particular focus on two realist accounts of legitimacy – those of Amanda Greene (2019) and Bernard Williams (2005). Many theorists have taken the view that realist accounts of legitimacy clearly provide an insufficient normative standard of legitimacy. This thesis provides a challenge to such critics by offering a partial defence of (some kinds of) realist accounts of legitimacy as providing a viable normative standard of legitimacy. The thesis argues, first, that realist theories of legitimacy have more impressive normative implications than might be thought, and second, that there are good reasons to reject forms of critique of realist legitimacy based on ‘external’ moral standards. This latter argument is based on an understanding of realist legitimacy as offering an ‘internalist’ standard for the moral evaluation of states’ rule.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil.Stud
Title: Realist Legitimacy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2022. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10143901
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