Journals Higher Education



26 January 1995

328 Pages

ISBN: 9780198279952

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Reappraising Political Theory

Revisionist Studies in the History of Political Thought

Terence Ball

In this lively and entertaining book, Terence Ball maintains that "classic" works in political theory continue to speak to us only if they are periodically re-read and reinterpreted from alternative perspectives. That, the author contends, is how these works became classics, and why they are regarded as such. Ball suggests a way of reading that is both "pluralist" and "problem-driven"--pluralist in that there is no one right way to read a text, and problem-driven in that the reinterpretation is motivated by problems that emerge while reading these texts. In addition, the subsequent readings and interpretations become more and more suffused with the interpretations of others. This work will appela greatly to students and scholars of the history of political thought, theory, and philosophy.


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