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Conventional Realism and Political InquiryChanneling Wittgenstein$
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John G. Gunnell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226661278

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226661308.001.0001

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Representational Philosophy and Conventional Realism

Representational Philosophy and Conventional Realism

(p.9) 1 Representational Philosophy and Conventional Realism
(p.iii) Conventional Realism and Political Inquiry

John G. Gunnell

University of Chicago Press

This chapter consists of an expanded overview of the general argument of the book and discusses the “orders of discourse” as an approach to analyzing the issues involved. The chapter is designed to guide the reader through the subsequent chapters. In order to make the discussion more concrete and inclusive, it includes a brief and selective account of forms of mentalism and realism in the history of American political science and political theory. Special attention is given to the concerns of political inquiry that led to a search for a foundation of epistemic authority that would support critical judgment. The chapter defends a theory of conventionality as an ontology of social phenomena and distinguishes conventional realism from linguistic idealism.

Keywords:   mentalism, orders of discourse, realism, theory of conventionality

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