A History of Modern Political Thought: The Question of Interpretation by Gary BrowningA History of Modern Political Thought: The Question of Interpretation by Gary Browning

A History of Modern Political Thought: The Question of Interpretation

byGary Browning

Paperback | November 19, 2016

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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 politicaltheories 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 Cambridge School, Foucault, Derrida and Gadamer. The application of these theories ofinterpretation to notable modern political theorists, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Bentham, Mill, Nietzsche and Beauvoir is then used as a way of understanding modern political thought and of assessing interpretive theories of past political thought. The result is a bookwhich sees the history of modern political thought as more than a procession of political theories but rather as a reflection on the meaning of past political thought and its interpretation. It provides a way of reading the history of modern political thought, in which the question of interpretationmatters both for understanding how we interpret the past but also for considering what it means to undertake political thinking.
Gary Browning is Professor of Political Philosophy at Oxford Brookes University and Associate Dean of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has served on the Executive of the Political Studies Association and is a member of the Council of the Hegel Society of Great Britain. He has publishe...
Title:A History of Modern Political Thought: The Question of InterpretationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pagesPublished:November 19, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPART ONE: INTERPRETIVE SCHEMES2. Hegel and Marx: Political Culture, Economy, and Ideology3. Oakeshott, Collingwood, and the Historical Turn4. Quentin Skinner, the Cambridge School, and Contextualism5. Derrida: Deconstructing the Canon6. Foucault: Politics, History, and Discourse7. Gadamer and HermeneuticsPART TWO: INTERPRETATIONS OF MODERN POLITICAL THINKERS8. Machiavelli: Modernity and the Renaissance Man9. Hobbes and the Politics of Absolutism10. Locke: History and Political Thought11. Rousseau: Nature and Society12. Kant: Morality, Politics, and Cosmopolitanism13. Hegel and the Politics of Modernity14. Karl Marx: One or Many15. Jeremy Bentham: Enlightenment Politics16. John Stuart Mill: Then and Now17. Nietzsche: Politics, Power, and Philosophy18. Beauvoir and the Politics of Sex19. Conclusion: Political Thought and History