Circular Foundations

Andrew Vincent

in The Nature of Political Theory

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199271252
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601101 | DOI:
 Circular Foundations

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Deals with the hermeneutic work of Hans‐Georg Gadamer. It analyses the development of hermeneutic thinking, the focus on language, the critique of the Enlightenment and positivism, the role of dialogue in ethics and politics, and finally reviews the critical debates between Gadamer and Habermas. It maintains that Gadamer's approach offers profound insights into how we might reconceive of political theory in the future.

Keywords: dialogue; Enlightenment; ethics; fallibilism; Gadamer; Habermas; hermeneutic circle; hermeneutics; language; prejudice

Chapter.  13201 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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