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Intercultural Encounters, Reasonable Dialogues, and Normative Political Theory

S.N. Balagangadhara

in Reconceptualizing India Studies

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780198082965
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082965.003.0008
Intercultural Encounters, Reasonable Dialogues, and Normative Political Theory

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In this chapter, the argument from the previous chapter is taken up and its implication for normative political philosophy (especially the writings of Rawls and Larmore) is examined. The failure of political philosophy to critically look at the notion of ‘rational dialogue’ vitiates its attempt to develop a notion of justice. The chapter argues that were we to look at some cross-cultural encounters (including those treated in the previous chapter) and appreciate them as first steps in a dialogue between members from different cultures, then normative political philosophy faces problems that it is not even aware of, but that undermine its stated goal.

Keywords: Normative political philosophy; Rawls; Larmore; rational dialogue; justice; cross-cultural encounters

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Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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