A significant group of empirical researchers are beginning to engage questions that, at least according to recent convention, have been considered the province of political philosophers. Some political scientists are taking so-called normative issues more seriously and centrally. They are looking for ways to join questions of value to their more usual topics of interest and power. Arguably, a complementary shift is at work in political philosophy, where many increasingly regard issues of power, hegemony, interest, and the like to be inseparable from more traditional concerns with principles and ideals. Both of these shifts suggest the need to rethink some of our most basic ideas. For instance, predominant understandings that oppose value and interest, principle and power, may require rethinking. What is more, reconceiving the relationship between these issues may yield a reappraisal of politics.