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Normative political theory was developed in ancient Greece and provided the foundations for political research. Its role was never questioned until the rise of logical positivism and empirical social science with its claims to be truly scientifi c' that is, value neutral. Th e article starts with a short overview of this controversy and provides an analysis of the nature of normative theorizing, the structure of a normative argument and the role of normative political theory. Th e last sectiondoi:10.4467/00000000tp.17.009.6588 fatcat:u3wlvjmabrbmphsbw7oqdqloa4