Political Philosophy versus History?
Cambridge University Press, 8/4/2011
EAN 9780521197151, ISBN10: 0521197155
Hardcover, 240 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
Is the way in which political philosophy is conducted today too ahistorical? Does such ahistoricism render political philosophy too abstract? Is political philosophy thus incapable of dealing with the realities of political life? This volume brings together some of the world's leading political philosophers to address these crucial questions. The contributors focus especially on political philosophy's pretensions to universality and on its strained relationship with the world of real politics. Some chapters argue that political philosophers should not be cowed by the accusations levied against them from outside of their own field. Others insist that these accusations require a dramatic reshaping of normative political thought. The volume will spark controversy across political philosophy and beyond.
Introduction Jonathan Floyd and Marc Stears
1. Rescuing political theory from the tyranny of history Paul Kelly
2. From contextualism, to mentalism, to behaviourism Jonathan Floyd
3. Contingency and judgement in history of political philosophy Bruce Haddock
4. Political philosophy and the dead hand of its history Gordon Graham
5. Politics, political theory, and its history Iain Hampsher-Monk
6. Constraint, freedom, and exemplar Melissa Lane
7. History and reality Andrew Sabl
8. The new realism Bonnie Honig and Marc Stears
Afterword Jonathan Floyd.