chapter  12
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“Consistency is Hardly Ever Enough: Refl ections on Hillel Steiner’s Methodology”


Hillel Steiner has enjoyed an illustrious career as one of the foremost political philosophers of his generation. Throughout the English-speaking world and well beyond, his writings have elicited admiration even from the many writers who have challenged his ideas. The present essay is no exception to that pattern. Although it takes issue with Steiner on certain methodological questions, it constitutes a tribute to his great acuity and originality as a philosopher and to his generosity as a person.