Jürgen Unger-Sirsch

Jürgen Unger-Sirsch
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz | JGU

Doctor of Philosophy

About

21
Publications
1,037
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
16
Citations

Publications

Publications (21)
Article
Full-text available
Neorepublicans like Philip Pettit and Frank Lovett claim that neorepublicanism provides a superior normative research program compared to egalitarian-liberalism. Particularly, they argue that neorepublicanism offers a better justification of redistributive policies, which are normally associated with egalitarian-liberalism. According to Lovett and...
Book
Building on the work of John Rawls, this book offers a conception of ideal theory which provides practical guidance and a critical perspective on politics, institutions and society. The author develops this approach by discussing recent criticism of ideal theory by authors such as Amartya Sen and Raymond Geuss. Answering Sen’s criticism, the author...
Article
Full-text available
What kinds of feasibility restrictions should be taken into account in practically relevant political philosophy? David Estlund argues that “ought” does not imply “can will,” and, hence, that we should be very cautious regarding the inclusion of motivational restrictions in political philosophy. As Nicholas Southwood and David Wiens point out, howe...
Article
Contrary to comparativist critics of ideal theory, I argue that ideal institutions become relevant for issues of nonideal theory through their role as part of the ideal guidance approach (IGA). So far, the most important argument against the IGA has been the second-best argument. However, this argument is only damaging for the IGA under certain con...
Article
Damit Normative Politische Theorie kein Selbstzweck bleibt, ist es notwendig, sich mit Strategien zur Realisierung gerechter Gesellschaften zu beschäftigen. Allerdings hat sich in großen Teilen der Normativen Politischen Theorie ein, aus der Sicht von realistischen und komparativen Kritiker*innen, zunächst ungeeignet erscheinender idealtheoretische...
Article
Full-text available
Algorithmic systems are increasingly used by state agencies to inform decisions about humans. They produce scores on risks of recidivism in criminal justice, indicate the probability for a job seeker to find a job in the labor market, or calculate whether an applicant should get access to a certain university program. In this contribution, we take...
Article
Das bedingungslose Grundeinkommen (BGE) wird häufig als geeignetes Mittel zur Bekämpfung von sozio-ökonomischer Ungleichheit angesehen. Viele Befürworter*innen weisen auf die Verbindung von Gerechtigkeit mit Effizienz hin, welche das BGE potentiell zu einem effektiven Umverteilungsinstrument macht. Nicht nur deshalb wird das BGE aus der Perspektive...
Research
Full-text available
In an influential article, Korpi and Palme (1998) challenge the view that targeting benefits at the poor is more redistributive. They explain their findings by pointing to the political feedback effects of welfare state programs on the broadness of political support for them. However, often it is argued that increasing globalization and post-indust...
Article
The article deals with the question whether an unconditional basic income (UBI) is part of an ideal liberal-egalitarian welfare regime. Analyzing UBI from an ideal-theoretical perspective requires a comparison of the justice performance of ideal welfare regimes instead of comparing isolated institutional designs. This holistic perspective allows fo...
Chapter
Building on the work of John Rawls, this book offers a conception of ideal theory which provides practical guidance and a critical perspective on politics, institutions and society. The author develops this approach by discussing recent criticism of ideal theory by authors such as Amartya Sen and Raymond Geuss. Answering Sen’s criticism, the author...
Chapter
Building on the work of John Rawls, this book offers a conception of ideal theory which provides practical guidance and a critical perspective on politics, institutions and society. The author develops this approach by discussing recent criticism of ideal theory by authors such as Amartya Sen and Raymond Geuss. Answering Sen’s criticism, the author...
Chapter
Building on the work of John Rawls, this book offers a conception of ideal theory which provides practical guidance and a critical perspective on politics, institutions and society. The author develops this approach by discussing recent criticism of ideal theory by authors such as Amartya Sen and Raymond Geuss. Answering Sen’s criticism, the author...
Chapter
Building on the work of John Rawls, this book offers a conception of ideal theory which provides practical guidance and a critical perspective on politics, institutions and society. The author develops this approach by discussing recent criticism of ideal theory by authors such as Amartya Sen and Raymond Geuss. Answering Sen’s criticism, the author...
Chapter
Conceptual discussion is an often underrated but important matter: Concepts provide the vantage point from which we identify and sort relevant aspects of reality (Ladwig 2009: 20-21). For political theorists – and political scientists more generally – “power” and “freedom” are especially important concepts for making sense of political phenomena. O...
Book
Die vorliegenden Beiträge in deutscher und englischer Sprache behandeln begriffliche, normative und empirische Probleme der Demokratie aus Sicht der Analytischen Politischen Theorie. Sie beschäftigen sich mit Themen wie Freiheit und Zwang, Ungleichheit und Ungerechtigkeit, Wahlversprechen und Dirty Hands. Das Motto dieses Sammelbandes ist folglich...
Article
Full-text available
The paper discusses the adequate role of ideal theory for the discussion of practical problems. Therefore, I will reconstruct the Rawlsian understanding of the ideal-theoretical method and confront it with the critiques of Raymond Geuss and Amartya Sen. While Geuss is sceptical, whether ideal theory provides an appropriately critical perspective, S...

Network

Cited By

Projects

Projects (3)
Project
The project investigates whether and how ideal theory can be practically relevant. It covers critics of ideal theory and develops a conception of ideal theory that is intended to be helpful for social criticism and institutional design.
Project
The project looks into the design of distributive institutions from a perspective of liberal-egalitarian justice integrating the perspective of political philosophy with causal mechanisms identified in the empirical literature on the political economy of welfare regimes. The project operates on the levels of ideal and nonideal theory: On the ideal level, I ask whether designs are robust and effective. The nonideal level takes into account the ideal and discusses political strategies to realize ideal designs in the long-run.