Strategic Use Of Context in the Interpretation of Political Discourses: An Encounter Between Theory of Hegemony and Linguistic Contextualism

Original scientific paper

Vedran Jerbić   ORCID icon ; Fakultet političkih znanosti, Sveučilište u Zagrebu

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Summary‎ The aim of this paper is to critically assess Quentin Skinner’s linguistic contextualism‎ by using the perspective of Laclau and Mouffe’s theory of hegemony.‎ It strives to show that the theory of hegemony can offer a sort of middle‎ way in the currently dominant discussion between so-called textualists and‎ contextualists. By insisting on the strategic aspect of context in the interpretation‎ of political discourses, Laclau and Mouffe are introducing a model of‎ contextualization that does not follow traditional dichotomies between history‎ and philosophy or particularity of context and universality of ideas. The strategic‎ role of context would simultaneously represent a symptom of the deeper‎ stratification of political language and meaning, and would function as a tool‎ of the transformation of that very context.‎

Theory of Hegemony; Discourse; Context; Antagonism; Skinner; Laclau and Mouffe

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