Ideal and nonideal reasoning in educational theory

Alison Jaggar*

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The terms "ideal theory" and "nonideal theory" are used in contemporary Anglophone political philosophy to identify alternative methodological approaches for justifying normative claims. Each term is used in multiple ways. In this article Alison M. Jaggar disentangles several versions of ideal and nonideal theory with a view to determining which elements may be helpful in designing models of real-world justice that are contextually relevant, morally plausible, and practically feasible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-126
Number of pages16
JournalEducational Theory
Issue number2
Early online date29 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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