Reasons and practices of reasoning: On the analytic/Continental distinction in political philosophy

  title={Reasons and practices of reasoning: On the analytic/Continental distinction in political philosophy},
  author={David Owen},
  journal={European Journal of Political Theory},
  pages={172 - 188}
  • D. Owen
  • Published 1 April 2016
  • Philosophy
  • European Journal of Political Theory
This essay argues that whereas ‘analytic’ political philosophy is focussed on generating reasons that are oriented to the issue of articulating norms of justice, legitimacy and so on, that guide political judgements about institutions and/or forms of conduct; ‘Continental’ political philosophy is oriented to critically assessing the practices of reasoning that characterise our social and political institutions and forms of conduct as well as our first-order normative reflection on them. It… 
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