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dc.contributor.authorAllsobrook, Christopher
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-15T07:45:19Z
dc.date.available2016-06-15T07:45:19Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationAllsobrook, C. (2014). Philosophical culture and Socratic criticism. Acta Academica, 46(2), 1-17.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn0587-2405 (print)
dc.identifier.issn2415-0479 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/3002
dc.description.abstractThe article takes issue with a dominant characterisation of Western philosophy as a culturally neutral procedural practice of rational arbitration, with reference to the position of Steven Lukes. The relationship between this meta-philosophical position and a culture-neutral normative conception of human rights is also put into question. The author not only presents a criticism of Lukes’ position, drawing on the work of the post-Marxian critical theorist Raymond Geuss, but also takes issue with the alternative philosophical tradition of Socratic criticism, which Geuss holds up as an alternative to the pure normative standpoint of applied philosophical ethics (the basis for Lukes’ account of human rights). To mediate between these rival views on the role and culture of philosophy, the final section of the article revisits Edmund Burke’s conservative criticism of natural rights, arguing for the necessary precedence and authority of recognised social customs for right rule, balanced by sceptical critique.en_ZA
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dc.publisherUniversity of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectWestern philosophyen_ZA
dc.subjectLukes, Stevenen_ZA
dc.subjectCultureen_ZA
dc.subjectGeuss, Raymonden_ZA
dc.subjectBurke, Edmunden_ZA
dc.titlePhilosophical culture and Socratic criticismen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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dc.rights.holderUniversity of the Free Stateen_ZA


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