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    Sustaining Affirmation: The Strengths of Weak Ontology in Political Theory.Stephen K. White - 2000 - Princeton University Press.
    As he elaborates the idea of weak ontology and the broad criteria behind it, White shows how these are already at work in the thought of contemporary writers of seemingly very different perspectives: George Kateb, Judith Butler, Charles ...
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    Political Theory and Postmodernism.Stephen K. White - 1991 - Cambridge University Press.
    Postmodernism has evoked great controversy and it continues to do so today, as it disseminates into general discourse. Some see its principles, such as its fundamental resistance to metanarratives, as frighteningly disruptive, while a growing number are reaping the benefits of its innovative perspective. In Political Theory and Postmodernism, Stephen K. White outlines a path through the postmodern problematic by distinguishing two distinct ways of thinking about the meaning of responsibility, one prevalent in modern and the other in postmodern perspectives. (...)
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    The Ethos of a Late-Modern Citizen.Stephen K. White - 2009 - Harvard University Press.
    In The Ethos of a Late-Modern Citizen, Stephen K. White contends that Western democracies face novel challenges demanding our reexamination of the role of citizens. White argues that the intense focus in the past three decades on finding general principles of justice for diversity-rich societies needs to be complemented by an exploration of what sort of ethos would be needed to adequately sustain any such principles. Accessible, pithy, and erudite, The Ethos of a Late-Modern Citizen will appeal to a wide (...)
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    “No-Saying” in Habermas.Stephen K. White & Evan Robert Farr - 2012 - Political Theory 40 (1):32-57.
    Habermas's paradigm of communicative action is usually taken to be pretty much dominated by consensus, "Yes-saying." What if this were a radically one-sided perception? We take up this unorthodox position by arguing that "no-saying" in this paradigm is typically overlooked and underemphasized. To demonstrate this, we consider how negativity is figured at the most basic onto-ethical level in communicative action, as well as expressed in civil disobedience, a phenomenon to which Habermas assigns the remarkable role of "touchstone" (Prufstein) of constitutional (...)
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  5. The Cambridge Companion to Habermas.Stephen K. White (ed.) - 1995 - Cambridge University Press.
    Jurgen Habermas is unquestionably one of the foremost philosophers writing today. His notions of communicative action and rationality have exerted a profound influence within philosophy and the social sciences. This volume examines the historical and intellectual contexts out of which Habermas' work emerged, and offers an overview of his main ideas, including those in his most recent publication. Amongst the topics discussed are his relationship to the Frankfurt School of critical theory and Marx, his unique contributions to the philosophy of (...)
     
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  6. The Cambridge Companion to Habermas.Stephen K. White - 1997 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 59 (1):160-161.
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    Agonism, Democracy, and the Moral Equality of Voice.Stephen K. White - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (1):59-85.
    Agonism emerged three decades ago as an assault on the overemphasis in political theory on justice and consensus. It has now become the norm. But its character and relation to core values of democracy are not as unproblematic today as is often thought, an issue that becomes more pressing as contemporary politics increasingly seem locked into notions of unrelenting conflict between “friends” and “enemies.” This essay traces alternative ontological roots and ethical implications of agonism, distinguishing between “imperializing” and “tempered” modes. (...)
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  8. Weak Ontology and Liberal Political Reflection.Stephen K. White - 1997 - Political Theory 25 (4):502-523.
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    Does Critical Theory Need Strong Foundations?Stephen K. White - 2015 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 41 (3):207-211.
    In this paper I take issue with Rainer Forst's claim that his account of the demand for justification that is at the core of the idea of justice provides our political thinking with a final “fundamentum inconcussum”.
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  10. Edmund Burke: Modernity, Politics, and Aesthetics.Stephen K. White - 2002 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Edmund Burke: Modernity, Politics, and Aesthetics examines the philosophy of Burke in view of its contribution to our understanding of modernity. Stephen K. White argues that Burke shows us how modernity engenders an implicit forgetfulness of human finitude. White illustrates this theme by showing how Burke's political thought, his judgment of the "modern system of morality and policy," and its taste for a "false sublime" are structured by his aesthetics.
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    Continental and Analytic Lenses in Relation to the Communicative Action Paradigm: Reconstructive Thoughts.Stephen K. White - 2016 - European Journal of Political Theory 15 (2):189-204.
    This essay develops the idea that Analytic and Continental orientations to political theory are best comprehended not as mortal enemies, but rather as alternative lenses that, together, allow us to better perceive a broader range of significant aspects of political life than is possible by adhering to only one of these approaches. This claim is fleshed out by an analysis of the communicative action paradigm developed by Jürgen Habermas. If this paradigm is revised somewhat in order to make it less (...)
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    Book Review: Habermas: A Biography, by Stefan Müller-Doohm. [REVIEW]Stephen K. White - 2018 - Political Theory 46 (6):963-970.
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    Book Review: Habermas: A Biography, by Stefan Müller-DoohmHabermas: Think AgainHabermas: A Biography, by Müller-DoohmStefan. Translated by SteuerDaniel. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2016, 598 Pp. [REVIEW]Stephen K. White - forthcoming - Political Theory:009059171773110.
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    Index.Stephen K. White - 2009 - In The Ethos of a Late-Modern Citizen. Harvard University Press. pp. 133-135.
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    Poststructuralism and Political Reflection.Stephen K. White - 1988 - Political Theory 16 (2):186-208.
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    Violence, Weak Ontology, and Late-Modernity.Stephen K. White - 2009 - Political Theory 37 (6):808-816.
    This essay responds to the characterization Ted Miller offers (in his December 2008 essay in Political Theory) of the kind of nonfoundationalism I have referred to as "weak ontology," and that Gianni Vattimo frequently calls "weak thought." Miller argues that such a position embodies, first, a philosophy of history in which strong ontologies (e.g., religion) are assessed categorically as passé, and, second, are associated essentially with violence. I show that while these characterizations may be appropriate for Vattimo's thought, they are (...)
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    Reply to Thomassen.Stephen K. White & Evan Robert Farr - 2013 - Political Theory 41 (3):489-491.
  18. The Very Idea of a Critical Social Science: A Pragmatist Turn.Stephen K. White - 2004 - In Fred Leland Rush (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Critical Theory. Cambridge University Press. pp. 314.
     
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    I. Poststructuralism and Political Reflection.Stephen K. White - 1988 - Political Theory 16 (2):186-208.
  20. Editorial.Stephen K. White - 2000 - Political Theory 28 (1):3-4.
  21. Ethics, Politics and History: An Interview with Jurgen Habermas Conducted by Jean-Marc Ferry.Stephen K. White - 1988 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 14 (3-4):433-439.
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  22. Between Modernity and Postmodernity: The Political Thinking of Fred R. Dallmayr.Stephen K. White - 1987 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 13 (4):383-395.
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    Heidegger and the Difficulties of a Postmodern Ethics and Politics.Stephen K. White - 1990 - Political Theory 18 (1):80-103.
  24. 'Critical Responsiveness' and Justice.Stephen K. White - 1998 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 24 (1):73-81.
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    Desperately Seeking Marie?: A Response to Linda M. G. Zerilli.Stephen K. White - 1994 - Political Theory 22 (2):329-332.
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    The “Agonistic Turn”: Political Theory and the Displacement of Politics in New Contexts.Lida Maxwell, Cristina Beltrán, Shatema Threadcraft, Stephen K. White, Miriam Leonard & Bonnie Honig - 2019 - Contemporary Political Theory 18 (4):640-672.
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    Uncertain Constellations: Dignity, Equality, Respect And…?Stephen K. White - 2008 - In David Campbell & Morton Schoolman (eds.), The New Pluralism: William Connolly and the Contemporary Global Condition. Duke University Press. pp. 143.
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  28. Books in Review.Stephen K. White - 1988 - Political Theory 16 (3):515-518.
  29. Books in Review.Stephen K. White - 1996 - Political Theory 24 (1):128-132.
  30. Books in Review.Stephen K. White - 1993 - Political Theory 21 (1):135-138.
  31. 6. Conclusion.Stephen K. White - 2009 - In The Ethos of a Late-Modern Citizen. Harvard University Press. pp. 105-112.
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  32. Habermas, Faktizitaet und Geltung: Beitraege zur Diskurstheorie des Rechts und des Demokratischen Rechtsstaats.Stephen K. White - 1996 - Political Theory 24:128-131.
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  33. 1. Introduction.Stephen K. White - 2009 - In The Ethos of a Late-Modern Citizen. Harvard University Press. pp. 1-10.
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  34. Notes.Stephen K. White - 2009 - In The Ethos of a Late-Modern Citizen. Harvard University Press. pp. 113-132.
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  35. Pluralism, Platitudes, and Paradoxes : Western Political Thought at the Beginning of a New Century.Stephen K. White - 2003 - In Stephen K. White & J. Donald Moon (eds.), What is Political Theory? Sage Publications.
  36. Preface to the Special Issue “What Is Political Theory?”.Stephen K. White - 2002 - Philosophy Today 30 (4):471-471.
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  37. 2. Reason and Ethos.Stephen K. White - 2009 - In The Ethos of a Late-Modern Citizen. Harvard University Press. pp. 11-32.
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  38. Theory and Politics: Studies in the Development of Critical Theory. [REVIEW]Stephen K. White - 1990 - International Studies in Philosophy 22 (1):97-97.
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  39. The Recent Work of Jürgen Habermas, Reason.Stephen K. White - 1990 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 52 (3):552-552.
     
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    What is Political Theory?Stephen K. White & J. Donald Moon (eds.) - 2003 - Sage Publications.
    What Is Political Theory? provides students with a comprehensive overview of the current state of the discipline. Ten substantive chapters address the most pressing topics in political theory today, including: - what resources do the classic texts still provide for political theorists? - what areas will political theorists focus on in the future? - can western political theory alone continue to provide a framework for responding to the challenges of modern political life? The authors assess the intellectual challenges to conventional (...)
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    ‘The Idea of a Democratic Ethos’: Contribution to a Roundtable on Alessandro Ferrara’s The Democratic Horizon: Hyperpluralism and the Renewal of Political Liberalism.Stephen K. White - 2016 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (7):657-664.
    In this article I explore the character and importance of a democratic ethos. Ferrara develops such a concept around the idea of ‘openness’ as part of his broader ideal of seeking to foster exemplary expansions of political identity with the goal of better accommodating the ‘hyperpluralism’ polities face today. I argue that ‘openness’ has several drawbacks that hinder its possible functioning in such a role, contending rather that ‘presumptive generosity’ is to be preferred. The latter can contribute more effectively than (...)
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    From the Editor.Stephen K. White - 2003 - Political Theory 31 (4):483.
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    From the Editor.Stephen K. White - 2001 - Political Theory 29 (1):3.
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    Affirmation and Weak Ontology in Political Theory: Some Rules and Doubts.Stephen K. White - 2000 - Theory and Event 4 (2).
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    After Critique Affirming Subjectivity in Contemporary Political Theory.Stephen K. White - 2003 - European Journal of Political Theory 2 (2):209-226.
    Is the critique of modern, liberal subjectivity warranted, and, if so, how do we proceed in its aftermath? This article clarifies the ways in which such a critique is valid, as well as the ways in which it both misses its mark and gives us little in the way of resources for thinking further about subjectivity. I argue that thinking in the aftermath must articulate a weak ontological portrait of subjectivity that vivifies the value of both political generosity (emphasized by (...)
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    Narratives of the Welfare State.Stephen K. White - 1997 - Theory and Event 1 (2).
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  47. Habermas' Communicative Ethics and the Development of Moral Consciousness.Stephen K. White - 1984 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 10 (2):25-47.
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    Depth Experience and Moral-Political Reflection.Stephen K. White - 2011 - Process Studies 40 (2):348-369.
    How should inquiry into ethical-political life come to terms with “depth experience”? I mean by this extraordinary experience that breaks into the familiar frames of meaning and reasoning that undergird everyday life, bringing some sort of transformation of commitments or identity. I speculate broadly about such experience, expanding the focus beyond theistic experiences, such as being “born-again.” When one does this, depth experience need not be thought, as it often is, anathema to political theory. I show rather that it can (...)
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    From the Editor.Stephen K. White - 2004 - Political Theory 32 (1):5.
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    A More Democratic Bearing.Stephen K. White - 2015 - Political Theory 43 (6):707-729.
    Rather than think about citizenship in minimal terms, I argue for a more aspirational “bearing” of the public self, one appropriate for the challenges of globalizing, late-modern political life. For left democratic theory this is hardly an abstract issue, given how successful groups like the Tea Party have been in articulating a right-leaning aspirational portrait. What might a counter-portrait look like that was comparably scripted for the middle classes in affluent liberal democracies? An answer is not immediately clear, given that (...)
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