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A History of Modern Political Thought

The Question of Interpretation

Gary Browning

October 2016

ISBN: 9780199682294

448 pages

In Stock

Price: £30.00

The only clear and accessible guide to the key theorists and texts of modern political thought as well as the major methods of approaching them.



The only clear and accessible guide to the key theorists and texts of modern political thought as well as the major methods of approaching them.

  • Provides clear interpretations of modern political thinkers
  • Reviews major schemes of interpretation
  • Offers critical readings of past thinkers and schemes of interpretations
  • Provides a thorough overview of interpretation, setting the scene for the history of political thought

About the Author(s)

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

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 published a number of books in political thought and related fields, such as Plato and Hegel: Two Modes of Philosophising about Politics (Routledge, 2012), Dialogues with Contemporary Political Theorists (co-edited with R. Prokhovnik and M. Dimova- Cookson, Palgrave, 2012), and Global Theory from Kant to Hardt and Negri (Palgrave, 2011).

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction
    2: Hegel and Marx: Political Culture, Economy, and Ideology
    3: Oakeshott, Collingwood, and the Historical Turn
    4: Quentin Skinner, the Cambridge School, and Contextualism
    5: Derrida: Deconstructing the Canon
    6: Foucault: Politics, History, and Discourse
    7: Gadamer and Hermeneutics
    8: Machiavelli: Modernity and the Renaissance Man
    9: Hobbes and the Politics of Absolutism
    10: Locke: History and Political Thought
    11: Rousseau: Nature and Society
    12: Kant: Morality, Politics, and Cosmopolitanism
    13: Hegel and the Politics of Modernity
    14: Karl Marx: One or Many
    15: Jeremy Bentham: Enlightenment Politics
    16: John Stuart Mill: Then and Now
    17: Nietzsche: Politics, Power, and Philosophy
    18: Beauvoir and the Politics of Sex
    19: Conclusion: Political Thought and History


"This densely layered and intricate study combines modes of interpreting political thought with discussion of major political thinkers from Machiavelli through J. S. Mill and Nietzsche... Highly recommended." - CHOICE

"If any book is testament to the flourishing world of political philosophy and its history in the second half of the twentieth century after its supposed 'death' at the hands of logical positivism in the 1950s, then this is it. Gary Browning in effect demonstrates how such a claim was deeply provincial. The book seeks to be an interpretation of some of the interpretive strategies deployed in analysing the canonical texts and thinkers in the history of modern European political thought." - Jules Townsend, Manchester Metropolitan University

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