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Anti-foundationalism

Mark Bevir and R. A. W. Rhodes

in The State as Cultural Practice

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199580750
eISBN:
9780191723179
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580750.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Theory

This chapter explores what many observers suggest are the leading present-day forms of interpretive social science: postmodern theories of discourse. First, we challenge the belief these approaches ... More


Rethinking Arab Democratization: Elections without Democracy

Larbi Sadiki

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199562985
eISBN:
9780191721182
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562985.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Democratization

This book unpacks and historicizes the rise of Arab electoralism, narrating the story of stalled democratic transition in the Arab Middle East. It provides a balance sheet of the state of Arab ... More


Epilogue: Postmodern Anti-Foundationalism

Gurpreet Mahajan

in Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198076971
eISBN:
9780199080403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198076971.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

This chapter discusses the emergence of postmodernism in the 1980s. At a time when all other theoretical systems were retreating somewhat shamefacedly, postmodernism came up from behind to fill in ... More


Critiquing Rights: Politics of Identity and Difference

Upendra Baxi

in The Future of Human Rights

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195690439
eISBN:
9780199081059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195690439.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

Reflection implies a kind of wise retrospection and a capacity for evaluating our conduct and revising our choices. The capacity for reflection itself now stands variously problematized in high ... More


What is Living and Dead in Relativism?

Upendra Baxi

in The Future of Human Rights

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195690439
eISBN:
9780199081059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195690439.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

The assertion that ‘contemporary’ human rights are ‘universal’ has come under attack from the standpoints of relativism, anti-foundationalism, and multiculturalism. The idea of the universal in human ... More


Modern Literariness: Kant, Kierkegaard, and Coetzee

Victoria Kahn

in The Trouble with Literature

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198808749
eISBN:
9780191888953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808749.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores the meaning of literariness in the aftermath of Kantian aesthetics. It focuses on the work of Søren Kierkegaard and J. M. Coetzee. It argues that, despite the strong formal ... More


Analysing Networks as Narratives of Beliefs and Practices

R. A. W. Rhodes

in Network Governance and the Differentiated Polity: Selected Essays, Volume I

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780198786108
eISBN:
9780191827785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786108.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This chapter decentres policy networks; that is, it focuses on the way in which a network is created, sustained, or modified through the beliefs and actions of individuals. The first section outlines ... More


The Non-existence of Ontological Foundations

Jan Westerhoff

in The Non-Existence of the Real World

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780198847915
eISBN:
9780191882548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198847915.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

If both the external and the internal world turn out to be less solid than we initially thought, one thing we can still hold on to is the certainty that something is real, even if the external world ... More


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