Essential Contestability

Discipline: Political Science

A number of concepts in political theory, such as power or 'freedom' are debated by people whose fundamental conceptions or values are so at odds that no resolution is possible. Thus there is no 'true' meaning to such terms.

Source:
Alan Bullock, Oliver Stallybrass, and Stephen Trombley, eds, The Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought, 2nd edn (London, 1988)

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