The Contemporary Theory of the Public Sphere (New Visions of the Cosmopolitan)

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Normative democratic theory does not lie securely above societal argumentation but is instead a crucial part of it. We need to know not just how the public should reason, but how it actually does reason, or could reason in better foreseeable circumstances. After all, given the general societal and cosmopolitan challenges that we face, the health and the necessary extension of democracy fundamentally depends on the reasoning capacities of the public. The concept of the public sphere is intrinsic to understanding this process, but it has long been limited by its division into the twin approaches of normative argumentation in democratic theory and empirical-theoretical application in the social sciences.
This book aims to go beyond this entrenched divide to show how democratic theory can become empirically applicable and the social sciences normatively relevant. It does this by linking democratic theory to the theory of society and relating both to a cognitive-communicative account of public culture. The book contributes significantly to exchanges within and between sociology, philosophy, cultural and communication studies, political science, and cognate disciplines. It also aims to address a long-established concern of critical theory by combining empirical and normative perspectives to advance the goal of a better society.

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Patrick O’Mahony is Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Sociology and Philosophy at University College Cork, Ireland. His work has been dedicated for many years to clarifying fundamental normative and empirical-theoretical dimensions of public discourse and public culture, in fields such as nationalism and trans-nationalism, the environment, and science and technology.

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«This is a substantial and important work not only of exegesis and synthesis but also of conceptual development extending along the lines of Habermas’s revisions of the 1990s. A close reading of this text by media scholars would undoubtedly prove beneficial not only in helping to tighten up how the public sphere is used as a concept but also in terms of reframing how we conceive of the public sphere operating in contemporary societies.» (Michael Pickering, European Journal of Communication 29, 2014)

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