The Politics of Dissensus. Parliamentarism, Rhetoric and Conceptual History

The project focuses on the conceptual and historical link between parliamentarism, rhetoric, and conceptual history, using the concept of dissensus as their common heuristic principle of intelligibility. By 'politics', we understand a contingent play with power shares as chances to act differently. The notion of dissensus allows the adherents to opposing views to remain in the same audience, to deliberate pro et contra, and persuade each other to alter their stance. Parliament is the paradigmatic arena of the dissensual style of politics, conducted by rhetorical means of speaking, and thereby producing both short- and long-term changes in the concepts used.