Political Theory And Social Science: Cutting Against the Grain

Hardcover | January 15, 2011

byJohn G. Gunnell, John G Gunnell

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Political theory is approached as species of political and social science but more broadly as a form of interpretive or metapractical inquiry. Much of the emphasis is on the relationship between philosophy and social science and on the dilemmas that attend the cognitive and practical relationship between social science and its subject matter. This work is devoted to a critical analytical examination of the history, character, and conduct of contemporary academic political theory and to a reconsideration of significant elements of this field of inquiry from the perspective of the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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Political theory is approached as species of political and social science but more broadly as a form of interpretive or metapractical inquiry. Much of the emphasis is on the relationship between philosophy and social science and on the dilemmas that attend the cognitive and practical relationship between social science and its subject ...

John G. Gunnell is Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, at the State University of New York at Albany and currently Visiting Affiliate and Research Associate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California at Davis. His most recent books include Imagining the American Political: Political Science and the Discourse...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.63 × 5.66 × 0.61 inPublished:January 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230109543

ISBN - 13:9780230109544

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Table of Contents

In Search of Political Theory * Social Scientific Inquiry and the Metapractical Voice * Fear of Conventions * Engaging Wittgenstein * Social Science and Justice * Interpretation and the Autonomy of Concepts * Political Theory and the American Scholar

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“Erudite and eloquent, engaging fundamental issues in the field in a style that is both accessible and profound, this book demonstrates the continued importance of John G. Gunnell's line of inquiry concerning the purpose and practice of theory as a subfield in political science. Gunnell's dissenting perspective is much needed. This book will be widely read for its significant contributions to understanding the purpose and practice of political theory today.”--Sanford Schram, Bryn Mawr College