Reappraising Political Theory: Revisionist Studies in the History of Political Thought

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Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, and Foucault: what really links these and other 'classic' political theorists? Not, argues Terence Ball, their common status as 'dead, white, European males', but instead the exciting and compelling way in which they can speak to us today. Professor Ball begins by setting out his liberating view of the way we should approach 'classic' tests. Using an approach that is both 'problem-driven' and methodologically 'pluralist', Ball offers new readings - and reappraisals of ...
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Overview

Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, and Foucault: what really links these and other 'classic' political theorists? Not, argues Terence Ball, their common status as 'dead, white, European males', but instead the exciting and compelling way in which they can speak to us today. Professor Ball begins by setting out his liberating view of the way we should approach 'classic' tests. Using an approach that is both 'problem-driven' and methodologically 'pluralist', Ball offers new readings - and reappraisals of key authors and classic works in political theory. Throughout he argues that the importance of the great texts lies in their repeated reinterpretation in the light of problems that arise for present-day readers. This tour de force, always entertaining and eclectic, focuses on the core problems surrounding many of the major thinkers. Was Machiavelli really amoral? Why did language matter so much to Hobbes - and why should it matter to us? Are the roots of the totalitarian state to be found in Rousseau? Were the utilitarians sexist in their view of the franchise? Written in a lively and accessible style, the book will provoke debate among students and scholars alike. Throughout, Terence Ball shows just how exciting and important political theory can be.
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"It is literally impossible to do justice to this book in a short review....A book well worth the reading."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198279532
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/1995
  • Pages: 328
  • Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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University of Minnesota
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
1 Reappraising Political Theory 3
2 Whither Political Theory? 39
3 Machiavelli and Moral Change 65
4 Hobbes's Linguistic Turn 83
5 Rousseau's Civil Religion Reconsidered 107
6 The Survivor and the Savant: Two Schemes for Civil Religion Compared 131
7 Benthamite Discipline and Punishment; or, What Foucault Missed 158
8 Utilitarianism, Feminism, and the Franchise 178
9 Vico and Marx on 'Making' History 212
10 Marx and Darwin: A Reconsideration 229
11 Constitutional Interpretation: What's Wrong with 'Original Intent'? 250
12 The Myth of Adam and American Identity 273
Select Bibliography 297
Index 305
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