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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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Standing Problems

Standing Problems

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The Nature of Political Theory

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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

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