The Disorder of Political Inquiry

The Disorder of Political Inquiry

by Keith Lewis TOPPER, Keith Lewis Topper
     
 

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Engaging the work of thinkers such as Richard Rorty, Charles Taylor, Pierre Bourdieu, Roy Bhaskar, and Hannah Arendt, as well as recent literature in political science and the history and philosophy of science, Topper proposes a pluralist, normative, and broadly pragmatist conception of political inquiry, one that is analytically rigorous yet alive to the notorious…  See more details below

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Engaging the work of thinkers such as Richard Rorty, Charles Taylor, Pierre Bourdieu, Roy Bhaskar, and Hannah Arendt, as well as recent literature in political science and the history and philosophy of science, Topper proposes a pluralist, normative, and broadly pragmatist conception of political inquiry, one that is analytically rigorous yet alive to the notorious vagaries, idiosyncrasies, and messy uncertainties of political life.

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ISBN-13:
9780674044401
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
506 KB

What People are saying about this

This is a much-needed book that negotiates its way with great intelligence through a variety of difficult issues in the philosophy of the social sciences.
Thomas A. McCarthy
This book addresses the persisting "crisis" in political and social science and charts a way out of it. In the context of the latest round of debates about method, it revisits such abiding general questions as the unity or disunity between the natural and social sciences; the peculiar character of social scientific inquiry; the relationship between social science and political practice; and the entanglement of method and power. Topper negotiates his way through this thicket of issues with intelligence and clarity, and in doing so he provides us with many valuable insights into the contemporary situation of political inquiry.
Thomas A. McCarthy, Northwestern University
Stephen White
This is a much-needed book that negotiates its way with great intelligence through a variety of difficult issues in the philosophy of the social sciences.
Stephen White, The University of Virginia
Charles Taylor
This thoughtful and well-informed book casts a great deal of light on the "social science wars": an often fierce struggle over methods and techniques which also reflects profound differences in philosophy among social scientists. Topper shows how close argument and imaginative sympathy can carry the debate forward. This is a lucid and engaging book, full of important insights about the ways in which we try to study society.
Charles Taylor, author of Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity

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Meet the Author

Keith Topper is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Political Science at Northwestern University.

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