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Postmodern Storytelling versus Pragmatic Truth-Seeking: The Discursive Bases of Social Theory

Robert J. Antonio
Sociological Theory
Vol. 9, No. 2 (Autumn, 1991), pp. 154-163
DOI: 10.2307/202076
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/202076
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Abstract

The task of speaking the truth is an infinite labor: to respect it in its complexity is an obligation that no power can afford to shortchange, unless it would impose the silence of slavery (Foucault 1989, p. 308).... the attainment of truth is the outcome of the development of complex and elaborate methods of searching, methods that... in many respects go against the human grain, so they are adopted only after long discipline in a school of hard knocks (Dewey [1925] 1988, pp. 234-35).

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