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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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Whither Political Theory?

Whither Political Theory?

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(p.39) 2 Whither Political Theory?
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Reappraising Political Theory
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DOI:10.1093/0198279957.003.0002

This chapter traces the history of several trends and tendencies in political theory in the latter half of the twentieth century. It begins with the announcement of the `death’ of political theory and the `end of ideology’ in the mid 1950s, traces its purported rebirth in the 1970s, and its trajectory since then. The chapter concludes with several conjectures about the possible future(s) of political theory.

Keywords:   ideology, Isaiah Berlin, Peter Laslett, John Rawls, political theory

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