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Author Floyd, Jonathan
Title Political Philosophy versus History? : Contextualism and Real Politics in Contemporary Political Thought
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Note Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Note on the contributors -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- The challenge of universalism -- The challenge of realism -- Conclusion -- Part I: The challenge of contextualism -- 1 Rescuing political theory from the tyranny of history -- The Collingwoodian paradigm - the problem -- The critique of historical reductionism in political theory - the solution -- 2 From historical contextualism, to mentalism, to behaviourism -- Political philosophy as a question -- political philosophy as a project -- Historical contextualism as a form of political philosophy -- The problem with historical contextualism -- Some clarification regarding targets -- Two alternative suggestions -- Mentalism in focus -- Revisionism and behaviourism considered -- Some tentative conclusions -- 3 Contingency and judgement in history of political philosophy: a phenomenological approach -- The Limits of Revisionism -- The logic of normative argument -- Thinking, writing, acting -- Second thoughts -- History and theory -- 4 Political philosophy and the dead hand of its history -- I -- II -- III -- IV -- Part II The challenge of realism -- 5 Politics, political theory and its history -- Political practice and rhetoric -- HPT and PP -- HPT and politics -- HPT and PP revisited -- PP and politics -- 6 Constraint, freedom, and exemplar: history and theory without teleology -- The nature of normative political theory -- History as constraint: explanation and normative political theory -- History as freedom: genealogy and the implications of contingency -- History as exemplar: classical practices and contemporary analogues -- Conclusion: an example of the role of examples -- 7 History and reality: idealist pathologies and 'Harvard School' remedies -- Political bridging: between is and ought
Against the psychology of system: hope through narrative -- Political morality: agency, situation, and practical commitments -- Avoiding the intellectually worst: realism versus speculative fiction -- 8 The new realism: from modus vivendi to justice -- Introduction -- Raymond Geuss: from modus vivendi to legitimacy I -- Bernard Williams: from modus vivendi to legitimacy II -- James Tully: from legitimacy to justice I -- Agonistic realism: from legitimacy to justice II -- Relative value and assorted historical lessons: an afterword -- Relative value and the ranking problem -- Relative value, as distinct from … -- Relative value and the double-balance -- Further thoughts and assorted historical lessons -- Lesson 1 - fool's gold -- Lesson 2 - the limits of theory -- Lesson 3 - political philosophy versus history as a guide to political philosophy versus the rest -- Lesson 4 - the uncertainty of progress -- Index
Leading scholars contribute original and timely essays which discuss how political philosophy should be studied today
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Link Print version: Floyd, Jonathan Political Philosophy versus History? : Contextualism and Real Politics in Contemporary Political Thought Cambridge : Cambridge University Press,c2011 9780521197151
Subject Political science -- Philosophy.;History -- Philosophy
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Alt Author Stears, Marc
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