Standing Problems

Andrew Vincent

in The Nature of Political Theory

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199271252
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601101 | DOI:
 Standing Problems

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The core argument in this chapter is that conventionalist argument, if pursued, is profoundly reductionist. Radical conventionalism can mutate into the thesis of perspectivism. In this scenario, conventionalism links up with the intellectual movements of postmodernism and poststructuralism. The committed postmodern or poststructural critic aims to search out foundationalism in all the remote and hidden corners of political theory. The chapter examines the diverse contributions of Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, William Connolly, Richard Rorty, and Jean‐François Lyotard to political theory.

Keywords: deconstruction; differend; genealogy; metaphysics; perspectivism; postmodernism; poststructuralism

Chapter.  20087 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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