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Dialogic Foundations

Andrew Vincent

in The Nature of Political Theory

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199271252
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601101 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199271259.003.0009
 Dialogic Foundations

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Examines the intellectual context of the works of Jürgen Habermas and Hans‐Georg Gadamer. Both thinkers successfully utilize language and dialogue to develop a viable perspective on political theory, which does not succumb to postmodern or conventionalist critique. The linking element underpinning all these discussions is the focus on language and dialogue as the central facets of political theory. This chapter examines the inception of critical theory and then provides a detailed review of the contribution of Habermas to contemporary political theory.

Keywords: communicative ethics; critical theory; deliberative democracy; Habermas; knowledge spheres; positivism; reason; universal pragmatics

Chapter.  11851 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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