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Reappraising Political TheoryRevisionist Studies in the History of Political Thought$
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Terence Ball

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198279957.001.0001

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Reappraising Political Theory

Reappraising Political Theory

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Reappraising Political Theory
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DOI:10.1093/0198279957.003.0001

The opening chapter begins with a brief defence of the claim that interpretation is both inescapable and necessary. It then considers the strengths and shortcomings of several strategies of interpretation before articulating and defending a `pluralist’ and `problem‐driven’ approach to the interpretation of texts in political theory.

Keywords:   Cambridge new history, John Dunn, Hans‐Georg Gadamer, hermeneutics, interpretation, political theory, Quentin Skinner, Leo Strauss, texts

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