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1 An Eclectic Subject                                                       1
    Foundations                                                             3
    Theory and Politics                                                     7
    Pattern of the Book                                                    10


                               PART ONE                                    17
2 We Have a Firm Foundation                                                19
    Classical Normative Political Theory                                   19
    Institutional Political Theory                                         28
    Historical Political Theory                                            37
    Empirical Political Theory                                             51
    Ideological Political Theory                                           65
    Conclusion                                                             73


                              PART TWO                                     81
3 Foundations Shaken but Not Stirred                                       83
   Logical Positivism                                                      84
   Ordinary Language                                                       88
   A Digression on Death and Putrefaction                                  91
   Wittgenstein and Essential Contestability                               95
   A Reckoning with Essential Contestability                              100
   Conclusion                                                             104

4 Bleached Foundations                                                    108
   The Concept of Justice                                                109
   Conceptions of Justice                                                111
   Procedural Theories                                                   113
   Social Justice: Desert and Non-Desert                                 115
   Justice and Mutual Advantage                                          118
   Justice and Utility                                                   120
   Justice as Impartiality                                               124
   Sexual Justice                                                        127
   Spheres of Justice                                                    130
   Conclusion                                                            132




                            PART THREE                                 139
5 Shoring Up Foundations                                               141
    Conventions                                                        143
    Oakeshott and Conventionalism                                      145
    Communitarianism                                                   154
    Political Liberalism                                               162
    Conclusion                                                         167
6 New Conventions for Old                                              171
   Nationalism                                                         171
   Neo-Aristotelianism                                                 177
   Republicanism                                                       187
   Conclusion                                                          200


                             PART FOUR                                205
7 Segmented Foundations and Pluralism                                 207
   A Word about Pluralism                                             209
   Liberal Pluralism                                                  211
   Multicultural Pluralism                                            215
   Difference Pluralism                                               219
   Conclusion                                                         226
8 Standing Problems                                                   232
   Nietzsche and the Twilight of the Idols                            233
   Heidegger and Humanism                                             239
   Derrida and Foucault                                               242
   Rorty and Connolly                                                 250
   Lyotard and the Differend                                          253
   Conclusion                                                         257


                             PART FIVE                                269
9 Dialogic Foundations                                                271
   The Philosophical Context                                          272
   Critical Theory                                                    275
   Critical Theory Fulfilled                                          278
   Positivism and Knowledge Spheres                                   280
   The Critique of Foundationalism and the Subject                    282
   Universal Pragmatics and Fallibilism                               285
   Discourse Ethics and Deliberative Democracy                        288
   Conclusion                                                         290



10 Circular Foundations                                                 294
    The Hermeneutic Context                                             296
    Language, History, and Prejudice                                    297
    Enlightenment and Positivism                                        301
    Dialogue and Fusion                                                 303
    Ethics and Politics                                                 306
    A Dialogic Conflict                                                 310
    Conclusion                                                          315
Conclusion                                                              319

Bibliography                                                            327
Index                                                                   345





Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Political science History 20th century