Concepts And Reason In Political Theory by Iain Hampsher-MonkConcepts And Reason In Political Theory by Iain Hampsher-Monk

Concepts And Reason In Political Theory

byIain Hampsher-Monk

Paperback | November 1, 2015

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This volume brings together a selection of Iain Hampsher-Monk's writings on questions of historicity and rationality in political theory, together with a substantial introduction written for the volume. There are two loci around which the work revolves - one is the relationship between history and philosophy in the analysis of key concepts such as liberty, democracy and toleration, the other is the role of reason in political science's explanations. Despite a background in PPE, the author played a major role in the 'historical', revolution in political theory. Here, his reflections on the historicity of concepts in political science are presented alongside articles dealing with the role and limitations of economic modes of rationality in social and political theorising. Unifying these themes is a commitment to an understanding of human action as conscious and essentially meaning-bearing and the case for a human science rooted in such self-understandings.
Iain Hampsher-Monk studied PPE (University of Keele) and with Bernard Crick at the University of Sheffield. He joined the University of Exeter in 1971, where he was appointed Professor of Political Theory in 1995, and head of department (1996-2000). He has held visiting posts in St Louis, the Netherlands, and Ljubljana. He was twice RA...
Title:Concepts And Reason In Political TheoryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:254 pages, 8.61 × 6.18 × 0.62 inShipping dimensions:8.61 × 6.18 × 0.62 inPublished:November 1, 2015Publisher:ECPR PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1907301704

ISBN - 13:9781907301704


Table of Contents

ContentsList of Figures and Tables viiAcknowledgements ixForeword xiSources xiiiConcepts and Reason - Introduction xvPART ONEChapter One - Politics, Political Theory and its History 3Chapter Two - Speech Acts, Languages or Conceptual History? 21PART TWOChapter Three - Classical and Empirical Theories of Democracy:The Missing Historical Dimension 45Chapter Four - Is There an English Form of Toleration? 57Chapter Five - Political Liberty and the Concept of Citizenshipin Early Modern English Political Discourse 73PART THREEChapter Six - The Individualist Premise and the Practice of Politics 97Chapter Seven - Two Arguments Against Rawlsian Equality 119Chapter Eight - Rational Choice and Interpretive Evidence:Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place? 135Chapter Nine - Prices as Descriptions: Reasons as Explanations 155Chapter Ten - The Market for Toleration: A Case Study in an Aspectof the Ambiguity of 'Positive Economics' 177Bibliography 193Index 213