I am interested in reading more about the social consensus theory. I looked up online, but found nothing more than the Wikipedia article.

Is there a book, or any kind of reference for this topic?

  • You've tagged this as "social contract". Was that merely because it seemed convenient or do you view social consensus theory as integrally linked to social contract theory?
    – virmaior
    Oct 7, 2015 at 8:59
  • because of the second.
    – M.M
    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:01

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A good start would be Habermas' Theory of Communicative Action. It is very complex and hard to get into for a beginner and even advanced students without guidance, though. But I think every contempory theory regarding social concensus has to deal with the theoretical framework established and defended by Habermas.

For an introduction, see this Wikipedia entry


Nicholas Rescher (1993), Pluralism, against the demand for consensus.

is really non-trivial and, imho, worth reading.

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