The boundaries of conversation: A response to Dallmayr

N Rengger

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This essay dissents from the argument that Fred Dallmayr makes in his article in the current issue. While accepting the centrality of the topics which he raises and accepting also that Oakeshott's work provides an important stimulus to our rethinking of such topics, the essay takes issue with three areas of Dallmayr's discussion. The first challenges his interpretation of Oakeshott's metaphor of conversation; while the second challenges the substantive points developed from that interpretation. The third explores the implications of Dallmayr's argument, which, it might be said, is in Oakeshott's terms a rather 'practical' argument, that might potentially become problematic given Dallmayr's wish to adopt the notion of conversation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357
Number of pages9
JournalMillennium: Journal of International Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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