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Reasons and practices of reasoning: on the analytic-continental distinction in political philosophy

Reasons and practices of reasoning: on the analytic-continental distinction in political philosophy
Reasons and practices of reasoning: on the analytic-continental distinction in political philosophy
This essay argues that whereas ‘analytic’ political philosophy is focussed on generating reasons that are oriented to the issue of articulating norms of justice, legitimacy and so on, that guide political judgements about institutions and/or forms of conduct; ‘Continental’ political philosophy is oriented to critically assessing the practices of reasoning that characterise our social and political institutions and forms of conduct as well as our first-order normative reflection on them. It explores the distinction between the two orientations in terms of, what are called, their ‘structural problematics’: the guidance problem and the critique problem, before considering briefly ways in which they may be combined.
analytic, continental, ideal theory, nonideal theory, critique, activist political theory
1474-8851
172-188
Owen, David
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Owen, David
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Owen, David (2016) Reasons and practices of reasoning: on the analytic-continental distinction in political philosophy. European Journal of Political Theory, 15 (2), 172-188. (doi:10.1177/1474885115587120).

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This essay argues that whereas ‘analytic’ political philosophy is focussed on generating reasons that are oriented to the issue of articulating norms of justice, legitimacy and so on, that guide political judgements about institutions and/or forms of conduct; ‘Continental’ political philosophy is oriented to critically assessing the practices of reasoning that characterise our social and political institutions and forms of conduct as well as our first-order normative reflection on them. It explores the distinction between the two orientations in terms of, what are called, their ‘structural problematics’: the guidance problem and the critique problem, before considering briefly ways in which they may be combined.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 25 May 2015
Published date: April 2016
Keywords: analytic, continental, ideal theory, nonideal theory, critique, activist political theory
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 389690
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/389690
ISSN: 1474-8851
PURE UUID: eeaf1ef2-75cc-49fe-b7a2-d48dd25607d4
ORCID for David Owen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8865-6332

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Date deposited: 14 Mar 2016 09:49
Last modified: 10 Jan 2022 02:38

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