• Meili Steele deposited Social Imaginaries and the Theory of the Normative Utterance in the group Group logo of Literary theoryLiterary theory on Humanities Commons 2 months, 1 week ago

    From Charles Taylor to Marcel Gauchet, theorists of the social imaginary have given us new ways
    to talk about the shared structures of meanings and practices of the West. Theorists of this group
    have argued against the narrow horizons of meaning that are deployed by deliberative political
    theories in developing their basic normative concepts and principles, providing an alternative to
    the oscillation between the constructivism and the realism. Theorists of the imaginary have
    enabled us to think about normatively charged collective imaginaries as logically prior to the
    construction of normative principles. What theorists of the imaginary have not done is make
    specific connections between the ontological background of social imaginaries and the normative
    utterance. This lacuna has left them vulnerable to the charges of ‘normative deficit’ and vagueness
    that Habermas and others famously make against philosophies of ‘world disclosure’. This article
    develops a conception of the normative utterance that enables us to reason through social imaginaries.
    In such reasoning, claims are not expressed in the propositional form of the Rawlsian or
    Habermasian justification, but through a complex engagement with the worldhood that informs
    normative judgments.