Idioms of Inquiry: Critique and Renewal in Political Science

Idioms of Inquiry: Critique and Renewal in Political Science

by Terence Ball
     
 

ISBN-10: 0887064582

ISBN-13: 9780887064586

Pub. Date: 07/28/1987

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Idioms of Inquiry reflects the most recent and creative thinking in the field of political theory. The contributors agree that the old orthodox political theory is no longer viable, arguing instead for a pluralism of approaches. Each takes a particular idiom of inquiry on its own terms and analyzes its plausibility and internal limitations. The idioms discussed cover

Overview

Idioms of Inquiry reflects the most recent and creative thinking in the field of political theory. The contributors agree that the old orthodox political theory is no longer viable, arguing instead for a pluralism of approaches. Each takes a particular idiom of inquiry on its own terms and analyzes its plausibility and internal limitations. The idioms discussed cover the current leading theories: rational choice, Popperian situational analysis, hermeneutics, phenomenology, critical theory, feminism, Foucauldian deconstructionism, and metascientific realism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887064586
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/1987
Series:
SUNY Series in Political Theory: Contemporary Issues Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
255

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Part I. Rationality and Progress in Political Inquiry
1. Is There Progress in Political Science?
Terence Ball
2. Resituating Explanation
James Farr
3. Rational Choice Theories
Russell Hardin

Part II. Interpretation and Critique
4. Deadly Hermeneutics; or, Sinn and the Social Scientist
Terence Ball
5. Toward a Critical Political Science
Stephen K. White
6. Interpretation, Genealogy, and Human Agency
Michael T. Gibbons

Part III. Beyond Empiricism and Hermeneutics
7. Political Inquiry: Beyond Empiricism and Hermeneutics
Fred Dallmayr
8. After Empiricism: The Realist Alternative
Jeffrey C. Isaac

Part IV. Political Science and Political Discourse
9. Male-Ordered Politics: Feminism and Political Science
Kathy E. Ferguson
10. Political Science and Political Choice: Opacity, Freedom, and Knowledge
J. Donald Moon

Contributors

Index

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