Martin Kusch (University of Vienna) - What are the Functions of the Social Sciences in Liberal Democracy?

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Colloquium Talks
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Open to the Public
Building: 
Nador u. 15
Room: 
103
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 3:30pm
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Date: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Abstract

In this paper Kusch criticizes authors -- such as S. Turner, M. Burawoy, or P. Kitcher -- who seek to define the functions of the social sciences using a Rawlsian or Habermasian conception of liberal pluralism or ideal-deliberative democracy. He defends an alternative way to think about the functions of the social sciences; this way takes its lead from R. Geuss' realist political philosophy and C. Mouffe's "agonistic pluralism".