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The Not So Common Sense: Differences in How People Judge Social and Political Life

Shawn Rosenberg


This book challenges two basic assumptions that orient much contemporary social scientific thinking. Offering theory and empirical research, it rejects the classic liberal view that people share a basic “common sense” or rationality. At the same time, it questions the view of contemporary social theory that meaning is simply an intersubjective or cultural product. Through in-depth interviews, it explores the underlying logic of cognition and, rather than discovering a common sense or rationality, finds that people reason in fundamentally different ways and that these differences affect the kin ... More

Keywords: democratic theory, common sense, rationality, social theory, cognition, socio-political reasoning, modernity, structural pragmatics, social cognition, political behavior

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300084276
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300084276.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shawn Rosenberg, author