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Kratochwil, Rhetoric And Communicative Action

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Friedrich Kratochwils work undoubtedly represents one of the most complex and far-reaching attempts to understand and justify the role of norms in international life to come from the sphere of critical theory. Kratochwil thus argues that classical logical approaches to epistemology cannot account for the possibility of socially meaningful communication. Law, he argues, is more about finding the best starting points rather than deducing the appropriate conclusions; a perspective referred to in the classical rhetorical tradition as invention. The authority, vocabulary and preoccupations of Kratochwil in the chapter all point to the extent that he wants his work to be normative in the relevant sense, and depending on the manner in which we read that claim, he seems to waiver between arguments from epistemology or disingenuity.

Keywords: classical rhetorical tradition; communicative action; Friedrich Kratochwil



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