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Sustaining affirmation : the strengths of weak ontology in political theory

責任表示 Stephen K. White
データ種別 図書
出版者 Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press
出版年 c2000
本文言語 英語
大きさ xii, 158 p. ; 24 cm
概要 In light of many recent critiques of Western modernity and its conceptual foundations, the problem of adequately justifying our most basic moral and political values looms large. Without recourse to t...aditional ontological or metaphysical foundations, how can one affirm -- or sustain -- a commitment to fundamentals? The answer, according to Stephen White, lies in a turn to "weak" ontology, an approach that allows for ultimate commitments but at the same time acknowledges their historical, contestable character. This turn, White suggests, is already underway. His book traces its emergence in a variety of quarters in political thought today and offers a clear and compelling account of what this might mean for our late modern self-understanding.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 Taylor, and WilliamConnolly. Among these thinkers, often thought to be at odds, he exposes the commonalities that emerge around the idea of weak ontology. In its identification of a critical turn in political theory, and its nuanced explanation of that turn, his book both demonstrates and underscores the strengths of weak ontology.
"The topic White has made his own is both a difficult one to engage and the topic that political theorists and philosophers will avoid at their peril over the next decade. The book itself is pathbreaking: partly because it demonstrates through its very comparisons the incorrigibility of the ontological dimension of political thought; partly because White works so effectively within and between the texts he examines, carrying them to places they had resisted, or had not been prepared to go. A timely and effective book."--William Connolly, The Johns Hopkins University "A significant contribution to political theory, this book presents a systematic and rich account of how theorizing informed by what we might call a postmodern sensibility can go beyond 'deconstruction' to develop 'positive' or 'affirmative' accounts of moral and political life, without abandoning the critique of foundationalism."--J. Donald Moon, Wesleyan University
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pbk. : alk. paper 中央図 4B 058212006004831 311.1/W 68 2000

書誌詳細

一般注記 Includes index
著者標目 *White, Stephen K.
件 名 LCSH:Political science -- Philosophy  全ての件名で検索
LCSH:Ontology
分 類 LCC:JA71
DC21:320/.01
NDC9:311.1
書誌ID 1001205490
ISBN 0691050325
NCID BA49445016
巻冊次 alk. paper ; ISBN:0691050325
pbk. : alk. paper ; ISBN:0691050333 ; XISBN:9786691050333
登録日 2009.09.18
更新日 2009.09.18

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