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Political Theory

Methods and Approaches

Edited by David Leopold and Marc Stears

Publication Date - September 2008

ISBN: 9780199230099

264 pages
Paperback

Retail Price to Students: $49.95

Drawing together essays by a distinguished set of contributors, this rich and varied collection is one of the first books to analyze research methods in political theory and political philosophy.

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Political Theory: Methods and Approaches is one of the first books to analyze research methods in political theory and political philosophy. Drawing together essays by a distinguished set of contributors, this rich and varied collection introduces students to many of the often unelaborated methods and approaches that currently inform the work of leading scholars in the field. The selections consider how political theory should be conducted today and also examine the complex and contested connections between political theory and a range of adjacent disciplines--moral philosophy, the empirical social sciences, the history of political thought, the world of "real" politics, critical social theory, and ideology. Both individually and as a collection, these essays will promote understanding and provoke further debate amongst students and established scholars alike.

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Notes on Contributors
    Introduction, David Leopold and Marc Stears
    1. Analytical Political Philosophy, Daniel McDermott
    2. Political Philosophy for Earthlings, David Miller
    3. Political Theory, Social Science, and Real Politics, Adam Swift
    4. Why be Formal?, Iwao Hirose
    5. Recognition as Fact and Norm: The Method of Critique, Lois McNay
    6. Dialectical Approaches, David Leopold
    7. Political Theory and History, Mark Philp
    8. Using Archival Sources to Theorize about Politics, Sudhir Hazareesingh and Karma Nabulsi
    9. Political Theory and the Boundaries of Politics, Elizabeth Frazer
    10. Thinking Politically and Thinking about Politics: Language, Interpretation, and Ideology, Michael Freeden
    Further Reading
    Index