The Politics of Postmodernity: Essays in Applied Hermeneutics

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Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 30, 2001 - Philosophy - 273 pages
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The distinctive feature of Madison's political theory is the Merleau-Pontyan sense of contingency that pervades his writings on the subject and, indeed, is visible throughout his entire oeuvre. The perspicacity of Madison's view of con­ tingency was first noted by Paul Ricoeur. In his foreword to the English transla­ tion of Madison's now classic study of the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, Ricoeur wrote: "More than anything, the most penetrating view which Gary Madison proposes of Merleau-Ponty's final ontology concerns the paradox of contingency. "! Twenty-eight years after the original French publication of his dissertation, we may look back over Madison's work and interpret it as working out Merleau-Ponty's insights into the implications of contingency for human political reality within the framework of a hermeneutical theory of democracy. The spirit of Merleau-Ponty's understanding of the emergence of Being at the heart of contingency and of contingency at the heart of Being is carried forward in Madison's articulation of a nondogmatic politics of communicative rational­ ity. Madison's postmodern liberalism is unique in seeking to articulate a specifi­ cally and explicitly hermeneutical politics, one that attempts to draw out the ul­ timate praxial consequences of phenomenological hermeneutics. As might be expected from a political-economic theory of communicative rationality, Madi­ son's thinking takes shape through a dialectical confrontation with a number of prominent contemporary writers-Derrida, Rorty, and Habermas, in particular.
 

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Contents

POSTMODERNITY AND BEYOND
1
Notes
8
Philosophical Reason
11
COPING WITH NIETZSCHES LEGACY
13
Notes
31
HERMENEUTICS THE LIFEWORLD AND THE UNIVERSALITY OF REASON THE CASE OF CHINA
37
Notes
60
PHILOSOPHY WITHOUT FOUNDATIONS
69
The Politics of Postmodernity
163
Notes
179
HERMENEUTICAL LIBERALISM
186
Notes
195
AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS AND PHILOSOPHICAL HERMENEUTICS FROM HAYEK TO GADAMER
201
Notes
210
REINTERPRETING CIVIL SOCIETY
215
Notes
231

Notes
92
THE NEW PHILOSOPHY OF RHETORIC
101
Notes
126
THE PRACTICE OF THEORYTHE THEORY OF PRACTICE
137
Notes
154
Social Reason
161
PROLEGOMENA TO A HERMENEUTICAL ECOLOGY
241
Notes
255
Acknowledgments
263
Name Index
265
Subject Index
269
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