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  1. Piet Strydom (2008). The Social Theory of Literary Theory: Comments on Eli Thorkelson, “the Silent Social Order of the Theory Classroom”. Social Epistemology 22 (2):197 – 201.
    Considering the general analytical ability—whether applied to conceptual or social materials—and the quality of the argumentation characterising it, Eli Thorkelson's “The Silent Social Order of the Theory Classroom” is a remarkable piece, all the more so considering that it was an honours submission. Keeping this overall evaluation in mind throughout, I propose to confine the following short commentary to a critical assessment focused single-mindedly on the theoretical structure of the piece. To be able to do so in a comprehensible manner, (...)
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  2. Steven R. Corman, Marshall Scott Poole, Gerard Delanty & Piet Strydom (2006). Us $29.95. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 36 (1):119-122.
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  3. Piet Strydom (2006). Contemporary European Cognitive Social Theory. In Gerard Delanty (ed.), The Handbook of Contemporary European Social Theory. Routledge. 218.
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  4. Piet Strydom (2006). Intersubjectivity – Interactionist or Discursive? Reflections on Habermas’ Critique of Brandom. Philosophy and Social Criticism 32 (2):155-172.
    This article argues that there is a marked ambivalence in Habermas’ concept of intersubjectivity in that he wavers between an interactionist and a discursive understanding. This ambivalence is demonstrated with reference to his recent critique of Robert Brandom's normative pragmatic theory of discursive practice. Although Habermas is a leading theorist of discourse as an epistemically steered process, he allows his interpretation of Brandom's theory as suffering from objective idealism to compel him to recoil from discourse and to defend a purely (...)
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  5. D. Delanty & Piet Strydom (2003). Positivism, its Dissolution and the Emergence of Post-Empiricicism. In Gerard Delanty & Piet Strydom (eds.), Philosophies of Social Science: The Classic and Contemporary Readings. Open University. 13--25.
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  6. Gerard Delanty & Piet Strydom (eds.) (2003). Philosophies of Social Science: The Classic and Contemporary Readings. Open University.
    “This book will certainly prove to be a useful resource and reference point … a good addition to anyone’s bookshelf.” Network "This is a superb collection, expertly presented. The overall conception seems splendid, giving an excellent sense of the issues... The selection and length of the readings is admirably judged, with both the classic texts and the few unpublished pieces making just the right points." William Outhwaite, Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex "... an indispensable book for all of us (...)
     
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  7. Piet Strydom (2003). Social Epistemology or Cognitive Sociology? On Steve Fuller's Interpretation of Thomas Kuhn. Social Epistemology 17 (2-3):297-300.
  8. Piet Strydom (2001). The Problem of Triple Contingency in Habermas. Sociological Theory 19 (2):165-186.
    From a certain perspective, Habermas's theory of communicative action is a response, in extension of Mead, Schutz, and Parsons, to the risk of dissension posed by double contingency. Starting from double contingency, both The Theory of Communicative Action and Between Facts and Norms are essentially an elaboration of a solution to this problem in terms of a more fully developed theory of communication than had been available to his predecessors. Given the intense concentration and the immense expenditure of energy on (...)
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  9. Piet Strydom (1999). Triple Contingency: The Theoretical Problem of the Public in Communication Societies. Philosophy and Social Criticism 25 (2):1-25.
    This paper seeks to show that the proposition of 'double contingency' introduced by Parsons and defended by Luhmann and Habermas is insufficient under the conditions of contemporary communication societies. In the latter context, the increasing differentiation and organization of communication processes eventuated in the recognition of the epistemic authority of the public, which in turn compels us to conceptualize a new level of contingency. A first step is therefore taken to capture the role of the public in communication societies theoretically (...)
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  10. Piet Strydom (1987). Collective Learning: Habermas's Concessions and Their Theoretical Implications. Philosophy and Social Criticism 13 (3):265-281.
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