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A History of Modern Political Thought: The Question of Interpretation

Gary Browning


How are we to understand past political thinkers? Is it a matter simply of reading their texts again and again? Do we have to relate past texts of political thought to the contexts in which ideas were composed and in which the aims of past thinkers were formulated? Or should past political theories be deconstructed so as to uncover not what their authors maintain, but what the texts reveal? In this book, theories of interpreting past political thinkers are examined and the interpretive methods of a range of theories are reviewed, including those of Hegel, Marx, Oakeshott, Collingwood, the Camb ... More

Keywords: Interpretation, history of political thought, contextualism, dialectic, teleology, deconstruction, construction, hermeneutics, discourse, idealism, Hegel, Marx, Oakeshott, Collingwood, Skinner, Pocock, Dunn, Collini, Foucault, Derrida, Gadamer, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Nietzsche, Beauvoir, Bentham, Mill, pluralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199682287
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682287.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Browning, author
Professor of Political Philosophy and Associate Dean of Research and Knowledge Exchange, Oxford Brookes University