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The Nature of Political Theory$
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Andrew Vincent

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271252

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199271259.001.0001

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Circular Foundations

Circular Foundations

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(p.294) 10 Circular Foundations
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The Nature of Political Theory
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199271259.003.0010

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

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