Breaking Boundaries| Toward a New Vocabulary for Political Communication Research: A Response to Michael X. Delli Carpini

Jeffrey P. Jones


The current scientific vocabulary is one vocabulary among others . . . there is no need to give it primacy, nor to reduce other vocabularies to it.

~Richard Rorty, Consequences of Pragmatism, p. 142

Interesting philosophy is rarely an examination of the pros and cons of a thesis. Usually it is . . . a contest between an entrenched vocabulary which has become a nuisance and a half-formed new vocabulary which vaguely promises great things.

~Richard Rorty, Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity, p. 9

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