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Explaining Political Disagreement - Andrew Mason

Explaining Political Disagreement

Hardcover Published: 27th August 1993
ISBN: 9780521433228
Number Of Pages: 184

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This book examines a number of different accounts developed by philosophers and political theorists to explain why political disagreement is so extensive and persistent. The author argues that moral and political questions can have correct answers, but that not every reasonable person will necessarily be satisfied with these answers. He develops a framework that gives a role to the individual's reasons for his or her beliefs, but also to psychological and sociological factors, to explain the intractability of political disputes.

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"The arguments developed by Mason are important contributions to an ongoing conversation about political disagreement. Adding to the agenda of distinctions and criteria will be a normal reaction from readers forced to think about these problems at a different level. No higher tribute can be paid to a book." Fred M. Frohock, American Political Science Review "...clear and persuasive...a very good and well-written book." Ethics

Introductionp. 1
Differences in valuesp. 16
The notion of an essentially contested conceptp. 47
The miscommunication thesisp. 69
Integrating rational and non-rational explanationsp. 97
A model for explaining some moral and political differencesp. 110
Concluding remarksp. 141
App. Part 1 On some criticisms of Chodorow's theory of gender constructionp. 147
App. Part 2 On some problems with Gilligan's researchp. 155
Bibliographyp. 160
Indexp. 168
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ISBN: 9780521433228
ISBN-10: 0521433223
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 27th August 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.8  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.44