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Ethics and Politics in Contemporary Theory Between Critical Theory and Post-Marxism by Mark Devenney

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7    Deliberative or radical democracy?

The politics of performativity

Introduction

The first section of this book investigated the conceptual, or quasi-transcendental, underpinnings of modern critical theory. This took the form of a critical reading of Habermas's account of universal pragmatics and communicative rationality, through the lens of contemporary post-Marxist theory. According to Habermas an analysis of the category of the performative in speech act theory alludes to semantic and pragmatic idealisations implicit in our everyday communication. These idealisations provide an orientation for critical theory, most notably in moral discourses which derive their force from norms implicit, though never realised, in communication. In this ...

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