Beyond the Communicative Turn in Political Philosophy

MacKenzie, Iain (2000) Beyond the Communicative Turn in Political Philosophy. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 3 (4). pp. 1-24. ISSN 1369-8230. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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I take it that (1) the central problem of political philosophy is how to deploy philosophy in the criticism and direction of practice. This paper maps out the basic terrain of the relationship between (A) neo-Kantian Critical Theory (for example, Jurgen Habermas), (B) hermeneutics (for example, Charles Taylor) and (C) constructivism (for example, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari). It contends that this central problem (1) is not met by the arguments of (A) and (B) - these representing what I call 'the communicative turn in political philosophy'. They assume 'democratic dialogue' is its own justification and that from it spring both truth and right. The key objection is that the communication of opinions is not the same as the demonstration of their validity. I argue that (C) may help to take us beyond the failures of (A) and (B).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Alison Chapman
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:35
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