Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This dissertation analyzes progressive liberalism and neoliberalism as forms of normative reason that redefine specific political concepts, which are central to American liberalism – equality, liberty, the role of the State, and the pursuit of happiness. I contend that language is an important expression of normative reason. Language is how political reason and the norms accompanying it are expressed. I move through Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Barack Obama, exploring shifts in language and interpretations of political concepts through progressive liberal and neoliberal forms of normative reason. I argue that a tension emerges between progressive liberalism and neoliberalism, and a heterodoxy emerges. By understanding the language of progressive liberalism and neoliberalism, I argue that we can better understand the implications of this heterodox.
Valentine, Riley Clare, "Of Language and Thought: American Political Discourse, Normative Reason, and Essentially Contested Concepts" (2022). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 5966.