Approaches to Political Thought

Approaches to Political Thought

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by William L. Richter
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742564339

ISBN-13: 9780742564336

Pub. Date: 03/16/2009

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Approaches to Political Thought raises three important questions concerning traditional political thought: (1) Why study the political writings and ideas of Plato, Machiavelli, and other long-dead writers? (2) Who among the writers, and which of their works, are worth studying? (3) How should they be studied? The book then explores ten contemporary approaches to

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Approaches to Political Thought raises three important questions concerning traditional political thought: (1) Why study the political writings and ideas of Plato, Machiavelli, and other long-dead writers? (2) Who among the writers, and which of their works, are worth studying? (3) How should they be studied? The book then explores ten contemporary approaches to understanding political thought and the diverse answers to these questions. The approaches covered include those of Leo Strauss, Hannah Arendt, Eric Voegelin, Sheldon Wolin, the Cambridge School (Quentin Skinner and J. G. A. Pocock), psychobiography, critical theory of the Frankfurt School (Herbert Marcuse and Jüet;rgen Habermas), hermeneutics (Paul Ricoeur and Hans-Georg Gadamer), Michel Foucault, and feminist criticism (Susan Moller Okin and Jean Elshtain). Each chapter includes an introductory essay and edited selections that illustrate or discuss that approach, and concludes with discussion questions and suggestions for further exploration, including books, articles, and websites. This exploration of contending contemporary approaches to political thought touches upon ongoing methodological and philosophical issues that are relevant to several academic disciplines, including political science, history, philosophy, and psychology.

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ISBN-13:
9780742564336
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/16/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction: The Study of Political Thought 1

Contested Heritage William L. Richter 1

Capital and Carbuncles Andrew Hacker 12

Part I Textual Approaches 29

2 Leo Strauss and Political Philosophy 33

Leo Strauss Lori Thomas Healey 33

Machiavelli's Teaching Leo Strauss 40

Leo Strauss's Interpretive Methods Paul A. Cantor 55

3 Hannah Arendt and Remembrance 65

Hannah Arendt Carol A. Gould 65

Tradition and the Modern Age Hannah Arendt 73

Plato and Thinking Hannah Arendt 91

4 Eric Voegelin, Philosopher of History 97

Eric Voegelin Norman E. Steen 97

Plato and Socrates Eric Voegelin 99

Multiple Voegelins Thomas W. Heilke 109

Part II Contextual Approaches 127

5 Sheldon Wolin and Paradigmatic Political Thought 129

Sheldon Wolin Charles J. Cavenee 129

Scientific Revolutions Thomas S. Kuhn 132

Paradigms and Political Theories Sheldon S. Wolin 140

6 Quentin Skinner, J.G.A. Pocock, and History of Thought 159

Quentin Skinner Lisa V. Binckes 159

Approaching Historical Texts Quentin Skinner 167

The American Founding J.G.A. Pocock 173

7 Erik Erikson and Psychobiography 181

Erik Erikson and Psychobiography Lisa A. Maxwell 181

Luther: Case and Event Erik Erikson 188

Nietzsche, Perspectivism, and Parental Identification Eugene Victor Wolfenstein 196

Part III Postmodern Approaches 203

8 Herbert Marcuse, Jüet;rgen Habermas, and Critical Theory 207

Herbert Marcuse Kristine A. McKechnie 207

A Note on Dialectic Herbert Marcuse 217

Knowledge-Constitutive Human Interests Jüet;rgen Habermas 224

9 Paul Ricoeur, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Hermeneutics 229

Hermeneutics: Paul Ricoeur and Hans-GeorgGadamer Liudmila Inozemtseva 229

The Model of the Text Paul Ricoeur 236

Praise of Theory Hans-Georg Gadamer 247

10 Michel Foucault and the Archeology of Knowledge 253

Michel Foucault Dan R. Harden 253

Politics and the Study of Discourse Michel Foucault 260

Governmentality Michel Foucault 267

11 Feminist Criticism: Okin and Elshtain, 277

Feminist Criticism Tatiana Mateo-Gomez 277

Women in Western Political Thought Susan Moller Okin 286

Public and Private Imperatives Jean Bethke Elshtain 292

12 Conclusion 305

Sources and Permissions 315

Index 319

About the Contributors 331

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