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‘Going Evaluative’ to Save Justice from Feasibility—a Pyrrhic Victory*

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https://doi.org/10.1093/pq/pqt057Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License
Abstract

I discuss Gheaus' argument against the claim that the requirements of justice are not constrained by feasibility concerns. I show that the general strategy exemplified by this argument is not only dialectically puzzling, but also imposes a heavy cost on theories of justice-puzzling because it simply sidesteps a presupposition of any plausible formulation of the so-called 'feasibility requirement' and costly because it deprives justice of its normative implications for action. I also show that Gheaus' attempt to recover this normative force presupposes an epistemic dimension to the feasibility requirement that most proponents of that requirement would reject. © 2014 The Author.

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