Freedom Without Idealization : Non-Ideal Approaches to Freedom of Communication

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Karppinen , K E 2019 , ' Freedom Without Idealization : Non-Ideal Approaches to Freedom of Communication ' , Communication Theory , vol. 29 , no. 1 , pp. 66-85 . https://doi.org/10.1093/ct/qty013

Title: Freedom Without Idealization : Non-Ideal Approaches to Freedom of Communication
Author: Karppinen, Kari Eerik
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Media and Communication Studies
Date: 2019-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 20
Belongs to series: Communication Theory
ISSN: 1050-3293
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/307199
Abstract: This article discusses the normative perspectives that guide debates on freedom of communication and media, from the perspective of the distinction between ideal and non-ideal theories. In political theory, ideal theories are often criticized as being detached from actual, existing social conditions and real-world problems. Similarly, it can be argued that abstract and idealized models of freedom of communication and media do not provide the most useful theoretical resources for analyzing the factors that enable or constrain free expression in contemporary societies. The article discusses the implications of three different non-ideal approaches to freedom: Axel Honneth's normative reconstruction, the capabilities approach developed by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, and the notion of agonistic freedom associated with radical democratic theory.
Subject: 518 Media and communications
Freedom of Communication
Capabilities Approach
Ideal Theory
Non-Ideal theory
Normative Reconstruction
Agonistic Freedom
Media
Capabilities
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