David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Political Theory 32 (6):825-848 (2004)
In this essay, the author examines the tensions that emerge between the practice of essay writing and a commitment to philosophical justification as the model for political argument in contemporary political thought. He focuses on Jürgen Habermas's adoption of the performative contradiction as an ideal for communicative exchange and shows the unacknowledged role that sincerity plays in Habermas's argument. He then links this account to his explorations of the rise of aesthetic criticism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and its contribution to democratic thought. Turning to one of the key literary and political critics of the period, William Hazlitt, the author shows how his theory of essay composition lends itself to a radical democratic imaginary that complicates the account of political argument Habermas sets out. Hazlitt's essays, the author concludes, are exemplary in their embracing of contradiction as a condition of democratic life
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Iain MacKenzie (2000). Beyond the Communicative Turn in Political Philosophy. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 3 (4):1-24.
Thomas Brockleman (2003). The Failure of the Radical Democratic Imaginary: I Ek Versus Laclau and Mouffe on Vestigial Utopia. Philosophy and Social Criticism 29 (2).
Helen Pringle (1993). Women in Political Thought. Hypatia 8 (3):136 - 159.
James Gordon Finlayson (2005). Habermas: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
Kenneth Knies (2001). The Politics That No One Practices. Radical Philosophy Review 4 (1-2):135-172.
Christina Tarnopolsky (2007). Platonic Reflections on the Aesthetic Dimensions of Deliberative Democracy. Political Theory 35 (3):288 - 312.
Kenneth Knies (2001). Politics and Phenomenology: Beyond the Philosopher's Politics Toward a Political Eidetic. Radical Philosophy Review 4 (1/2):135-172.
Steven Wall (2007). Democracy and Equality. Philosophical Quarterly 57 (228):416–438.
Stephen C. Angle (2005). Must We Choose Our Leaders? Human Rights and Political Participation in China. Journal of Global Ethics 1 (2):177 – 196.
Davide Panagia (2006). The Poetics of Political Thinking. Duke University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads8 ( #138,633 of 1,089,154 )
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?