Chapter

Normative Realism

Jürgen Neyer

in The Justification of Europe

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641246
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641246.003.0002
Normative Realism

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Chapter 2 introduces the methodology of the book. It argues that neither empiricism nor pure normative reflection is helpful for justifying the EU. What is needed is a methodology that combines both worlds of social science and embarks on a reconstruction of the EU. For developing such a methodology, the chapter combines insights from Walzer, Rawls and Habermas and develops a normatively realistic approach to analysing the EU. This approach connects the Walzerian approach of internal social critique to Rawls idea of a reflective equilibrium and the Habermasian methodology of rational reconstruction.

Keywords: methodology; Habermas; Rawls; Walzer; normative realism; rational reconstruction; reflective equilibrium; internal critique

Chapter.  5562 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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