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The Primacy of the Political
, the final part of a trilogy by  R. Sundara Rajan ( the other two being Innovative competence and Social Change and Towards a critique of Cultural Reason) is an attempt to formulate a discursive model for  political theory. The core of the work is therefore a lengthy  hermeneutically oriented discussion of political judgement (ch. IV), which projects the notion of political competence as a language mediated capacity of human subjects to recognize the common good by way of discourse. This discursive conception of the political which is mediated on the one  the one by the relationship to the moral and on the other to the rhetorical, is the distinctively classical conception which can be contrasted with the modern paradigm of politics as the epitome of power relations. The earlier chapter built up to this contrast of the classical and the contemporary paradigms   and stake out a claim for the primacy of the  political in the classical mould. The work is a return to the classical idea of the political by way of a long detour via the theory of judgement, the  Kuhnian theory of paradigms, Ricoeur's theory of textual hermeneutics rhetorical theory. Ranging from discussions of sociological and political theory to philosophy of language and philosophical logic the work seeks to connect the Aristotelian-Kautilyan conception of the political to contemporary debates in the metatheory of the social sciences. The work consists of five chapters and an appendix which seeks to explore the notion of a critical science which emerges from the preceding studies of the  various dimensions of the primacy of the political.

R. Sundara Rajan,
Professor of Philosophy, University of Poona has written extensively in the areas of   hermeneutical and critical theory and the philosophy of the social sciences. his major publications include Structure and  change in Philosophy and New Studies in Marxism. Besides the present book, he has also completed Studies in Phenomenology, Hermeneutics and Deconstruction.