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The Nature of Political Theory

Andrew Vincent


This is a controversial book that challenges established views of contemporary political theory. It offers a synoptic, critical, and comparative analysis of the widely different accounts of how the discipline developed during the twentieth century. Its ‘nature’ is seen as intrinsically pluralistic and internally divided. The discussion utilizes the idea of foundationalism to bring coherence to the complex practices associated with theory during the twentieth century. Overall, the book aims to dispute current monistic trends in the way the discipline is understood. It will be an immensely usefu ... More

Keywords: foundationalism, hermeneutics, history of political theory, ideology, justice, nature of political theory, normative political theory, political philosophy, political theory, postmodern political theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199271252
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004 DOI:10.1093/0199271259.001.0001


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Andrew Vincent, author
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