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Geras on means and ends: the case for a prefigurative constraint

Pike, Jon (2012). Geras on means and ends: the case for a prefigurative constraint. In: de Wijze, Stephen and Garrard, Eve eds. Thinking towards Humanity: Themes from Norman Geras. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, pp. 133–149.

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Norman Geras argues for the incorporation of elements from the just war tradition into the ethics of social change. But this does not go far enough. In this paper I argue for a prefigurative constraint: that action intended to bring about social transformation ought to prefigure that transformation, and bear those properties of the future state of affairs that make the future state of affairs morally valuable. I defend the idea of a prefigurative constraint against some objections and introduce a schema to relate political action to morally valuable end states.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2011 Manchester University Press
ISBN: 0-7190-8087-8, 978-0-7190-8087-6
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > Philosophy
Item ID: 26971
Depositing User: Jon Pike
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2012 11:02
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2016 20:34
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