The Democratic Theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer - Walhof, Darren
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This book examines the distinctive contribution that the writings of Hans-Georg Gadamer make to democratic theory. Walhof argues that Gadamer's hermeneutical philosophy enlarges our perspective by shifting our view away from individual citizens to what exists between citizens, thereby allowing us to envision political realities that are otherwise hard to see. These realities include the disclosure of truth in democratic politics; achieving common ground in democratic dialogue, even amidst significant disagreement and diversity; the public and political nature of the religious traditions that…mehr

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This book examines the distinctive contribution that the writings of Hans-Georg Gadamer make to democratic theory. Walhof argues that Gadamer's hermeneutical philosophy enlarges our perspective by shifting our view away from individual citizens to what exists between citizens, thereby allowing us to envision political realities that are otherwise hard to see. These realities include the disclosure of truth in democratic politics; achieving common ground in democratic dialogue, even amidst significant disagreement and diversity; the public and political nature of the religious traditions that make claims on and shape citizens; and the solidarities that connect us to each other and enable democratic action. The author argues that bringing these dimensions to awareness enriches our theories of democracy and is particularly crucial in an era of hyper-partisanship, accelerating inequality, and social conflicts involving racial, sexual, and religious identities.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Springer, Berlin; Springer International Publishing
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 978-3-319-83605-8
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
  • Seitenzahl: 164
  • Erscheinungstermin: 4. Juli 2018
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 210mm x 148mm x 9mm
  • Gewicht: 222g
  • ISBN-13: 9783319836058
  • ISBN-10: 3319836056
  • Artikelnr.: 53571025
Autorenporträt
Darren Walhof is Professor of Political Science at Grand Valley State University, USA. His research interests include democratic theory, philosophical hermeneutics, religion and politics, early modern political thought, and methods in the history of political thought. His articles have appeared in Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Philosophy & Social Criticism, and Contemporary Political Theory, among other places. With Derek Peterson, he is the co-editor of The Invention of Religion: Rethinking Belief in Politics and History (2002). In 2010, he was Visiting Research Professor at the Centre for Ethics in the University of Toronto, Canada.
Inhaltsangabe
Preface and Acknowledgements 1. Paying Attention to Reality 1.1 Plato's Cave and the Critique of Modern Theory 1.2 Democratic Theory in a Hermeneutical Register 2. Disclosing Truth 2.1 Knowing the Good 2.2 The Sedimentation of Truth in Language 2.3 Truth as Unconcealedness 2.4 Truth and Democratic Politics 3. Conversation and Understanding 3.1 Gadamer's Phenomenology of Conversation 3.2 Risking Prejudices 3.3 12 Angry Men 3.4 The Epistemic Demands of Deliberative Democracy 3.5 The Rhetorical Turn 3.6 Rhetoric, Truth, and Democratic Dialogue 4. Tradition, Religion, and Democratic Citizenship 4.1 Religion and the Public Sphere 4.2 Gadamer on Tradition 4.3 Conceptualizing Religion as Tradition 4.4 Religious Identity and the Ethics of Democratic Citizenship 5. Solidarity, Friendship, and Democratic Hope 5.1 Friendship 5.2 Difference 5.3 Solidarity 5.4 Democratic Hope Epilogue: Between Citizens Bibliography Index
Rezensionen
"Darren Walhof's book is a lucid and timely addition to the literature, and will be of great interest to scholars and students of Gadamer and democratic theory. ... I can recommend this book to both scholars interested in Gadamerian hermeneutics and modern democratic theory. ... Walholf's book clears up common misapprehensions about Gadamer's work while contributing significantly to the literature." (Joshua Badge, Contemporary Political Theory, Vol. 17 (3), August, 2018)