Republican citizenship, ethics and the French revolutionary press 1789-92

Chapman, Jane (2005) Republican citizenship, ethics and the French revolutionary press 1789-92. Ethical Space: the International Journal of Communication Ethics, 2 (1). pp. 7-12. ISSN 1742-0105

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Abstract

This paper examines the role of the revolutionary press in France in the realisation of the Enlightenment notion of “public opinion”. The press, it is argued, saw itself as advancing civic republicanism based on public service as opposed to the liberal, individualistic ethic of today.
Exploring the relevance of Habermas’s theories of discourse ethics and MacIntyre’s notions of “communitarianism”, the paper argues that the revolutionary press promoted a
“democratisation” of honour. The conclusion draws on the theories of Sandel to argue that newspapers provided the crucial narratives by which people made sense of their condition and interpreted their shared experiences at a time of revolutionary upheaval.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:French revolutionary press, Civic republicanism, Ethics, Citizenship, jc2010, Marat, Habermas, MacIntyre, communitarianism, Sandel, public opinion, Hebert, Enlightment, de Tocqueville, Robespierre, Desmoulins
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P990 Mass Communications and Documentation not elsewhere classified
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P590 Journalism not elsewhere classified
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V221 French History
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Journalism
ID Code:1133
Deposited By: Jane Chapman
Deposited On:07 Sep 2007
Last Modified:30 Aug 2013 14:11

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