Truth and Communication
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This chapter considers the relationship between Habermas’s theory of truth and Critical International Relations (IR) Theory. It does so through a detailed analysis of Andrew Linklater’s The Transformation of Political Community. Habermas’s communicative, procedural account of truth demonstrates that Veriphilia need not depend on the sorts of objectivist truth claims associated with Positivism. However, it reflects the same broad intersubjectivism identified in earlier chapters. This entails a suppression of the links between materiality and cognition which ultimately undermines Linklater’s attempts to identify the sources of progress in international politics.