What can political philosophy contribute to policy debates?

Political philosophy explores questions relating to the best organization of our collective political and economic institutions and policies. As such, one might expect that detailed discussion of
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Political philosophy explores questions relating to the best organization of our collective political and economic institutions and policies. As such, one might expect that detailed discussion of policy issues would be commonplace in political philosophy. Just the opposite, however, is usually the case. Most political philosophy is pitched at a very abstract level. It may focus on the merits of egalitarian liberalism, libertarianism, or socialism or explain why we should prioritize the least advantaged or personal responsibility in thinking about our political institutions and policies. Yet, policy recommendations are usually discussed in only very broad and cursory ways. Some political philosophers do outline and defend alternative policy ideas, such as a universal basic income, but even these discussions tend to be very abstract and pay little attention to contemporary circumstances. In depth discussion of the philosophical issues involved in family policies, health care policies,. . .

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