The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory
Edited by Jacob T. Levy
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complements with a focus on texts, not themes; each chapter discusses one of the key works that contributed to the subdiscipline of postwar political theory, 1950-2000. The essays include discussion of the works themselves, including their key arguments; their intellectual influence in the years after their publication, including key debates about them and criticisms of them; and their promise and potential as intellectual resources in the future. The books studied include not only those within political theory and philosophy proper, but those within neighboring fields, especially empirical political science, that have made or could make important contributions to ideas within political theory itself. The volume as a whole offers an account of what political theory is, and has been: one in which normative philosophy, social theory, critical theory, the history of political thought, and social science are all drawn upon and enrich each other. It makes a case for political theory as a field of social science, and for a common intellectual enterprise of the understanding of social and political life to which such figures as Rawls, Habermas, Foucault, Arendt, Hayek, Skinner, and Strauss all contribute.
philosophy of law,
history of political thought,
- Oxford University Press
- Published online:
- Dec 2015