Triple contingency: the theoretical problem of the public in communication societies

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dc.contributor.author Strydom, Piet
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-13T12:24:49Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-13T12:24:49Z
dc.date.issued 1999-03-01
dc.identifier.citation Strydom, P. (1999) 'Triple contingency: the theoretical problem of the public in communication societies', Philosophy and Social Criticism, 25(2), pp. 1-25. doi: 10.1177/019145379902500201 en
dc.identifier.volume 25 en
dc.identifier.issued 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 25 en
dc.identifier.issn 0191-4537
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7890
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/019145379902500201 en
dc.description.abstract This paper seeks to show that the proposition of 'double contingency’ introduced by Parsons and defended by Luhmann and Habermas is insufficient under the conditions of contemporary communication societies. In the latter context, the increasing differentiation and organization of communication processes eventuated in the recognition of the epistemic authority of the public, which in turn compels us to conceptualize a new level of contingency. A first step is therefore taken to capture the role of the public in communication societies theoretically by what may be called 'triple contingency’. Since the process of the definition of reality and its outcome, to which the response of the public is central, is best seen in constructivist terms, attention is also paid to relevant methodological and epistemological questions. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1177/019145379902500201
dc.rights © 1999, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Cognitive turn en
dc.subject Communication en
dc.subject Constructivism en
dc.subject Double contingency en
dc.subject Habermas en
dc.subject Luhmann en
dc.subject Observation en
dc.subject Parsons en
dc.subject Situationalism en
dc.subject Third point of view en
dc.title Triple contingency: the theoretical problem of the public in communication societies en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Piet Strydom, Sociology and Philosophy (Emeritus), University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. T: +353-21-490-3000 en
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dc.date.updated 2019-05-13T12:19:06Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Philosophy and Social Criticism en
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dc.identifier.eissn 1461-734X


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