The Limits of Politics: An Inaugural Lecture Given in the University of Cambridge, 23 April 2008

The Limits of Politics: An Inaugural Lecture Given in the University of Cambridge, 23 April 2008

by Andrew Gamble

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The Limits of Politics: An Inaugural Lecture Given in the University of Cambridge, 23 April 2008 by Andrew Gamble

This lecture explores the limits of politics in three senses: as a subject of study at Cambridge, as an academic discipline, and as a practical activity. Politics did not develop as an independent academic subject in Cambridge in the twentieth century, and only now is this situation being rectified with the creation of the new Department of Politics and International Studies. Politics as an academic discipline was once conceived as the master science. More recently it has become much more limited in its scope and its methods, but it still needs to preserve a tradition of political reasoning which focuses on problems rather than methodology, and is concerned with understanding the limits to politics. The limits of politics as a practical activity are explored through four modes of political reasoning: the sceptical, the idealist, the rationalist and the realist, as exemplified by the writings of Oakeshott, Keynes, Hayek, and Carr.

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ISBN-13: 9780521145985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/31/2009
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Andrew Gamble is Professor of Politics, Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies, and a Fellow of Queens�College at the University of Cambridge. He has published widely on British politics, public policy and political economy and his book, Between Europe and America, won the W. J. M. Mackenzie Prize for the best book published in political science in 2003. In 2005 he was awarded the PSA Isaiah Berlin prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies.

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