TITLE

Contextualism Reconsidered: Some Skeptical Reflections

AUTHOR(S)
Kukathas, Chandran
PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Ethical Theory & Moral Practice;Apr2004, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p215
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A number of theorists have touted the merits of the contextual approach to political theory, arguing that a close examination of real-world cases is more likely to yield both theoretical insight and practical solutions to pressing problems. This is particularly evident, it is argued, in the field of multiculturalism in political theory. The present paper offers some skeptical reflections on this view, arguing the merits of a view of political theory which sees the contextual approach as less distinctive than its proponents imagine, and less useful than many would suggest. It maintains that there are serious limits to what political theorists can achieve, even if political theory is not without its uses if we value social criticism.
ACCESSION #
17020152

 

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