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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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Dialogic Foundations

Dialogic Foundations

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The Nature of Political Theory

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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

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