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Good point, well made. The basic normative questions use simple concepts and ask what is good, right, better, and so on. A vice of much current moral/political philosophy is to replace these simple questions with ones that approach the same issue obliquely, by asking a more complicated question. Questions about ideal justice or virtue are a good example; another is asking which of the competing "conceptions" of a shared "concept" like distributive justice is the most adequate. That's really the question which distributions of e.g. income are good or worth pursuing, but the formulation obscures that while having the (perhaps intended) effect of making the questioner sound more profound.
Toggle Commented May 4, 2014 on Against Ideal Theory at Ralph Wedgwood's blog
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