The Method of Levels of Abstraction in Pluralism and Governance of Dialogical Interaction

Rainey, Stephen (2016) The Method of Levels of Abstraction in Pluralism and Governance of Dialogical Interaction. Topoi, 35 (1). pp. 191-201. ISSN 0167-7411 (In Press)

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This paper deploys elements of the philosophy of information (PoI) in order to explore ideas of dialogical governance. Dialogue in the governance of contentious issues is at least partly a response to the recognition of pluralism among perspectives on various issues. This recognition is prevalent in the context of European governance. However, it is a first step to a better understanding of diverging opinion, rather than an end point. This paper argues that the PoI offers a fruitful path to follow up this first step. Specifically, PoI provides epistemological tools that can be used to clarify the meanings of terms and relevance of perspectives at issue in dialogical scenarios. Importantly, this approach revises the enlightenment view of the individual, offering a more nuanced and ultimately more accurate view of the self as internally complex. This represents a step beyond the status quo wherein these things are taken as unproblematic. This paper argues that PoI’s resources ought to feature as a methodological background to a reinvigorated dialogical governance paradigm. This method and these resources can inform an improved view of dialogical governance in Europe and, in their generality, beyond.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Philosophy of information Dialogue Levels of abstraction Epistemology Politics Europe
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 101 Theory of philosophy
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2014 15:09
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2016 08:35


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