Reappraising Political Theory

Author: Terence Ball
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198279957
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In this lively and entertaining book, Terence Ball maintains that 'classic' works in political theory continue to speak to us only if they are periodically re-read and reinterpreted from alternative perspectives. That, the author contends, is how these works became classics, and why they are regarded as such. Ball suggests a way of reading that is both 'pluralist' and 'problem-driven'--pluralist in that there is no one right way to read a text, and problem-driven in that the reinterpretation is motivated by problems that emerge while reading these texts. In addition, the subsequent readings and interpretations become more and more suffused with the interpretations of others. This tour de force, always entertaining and eclectic, focuses on the core problems surrounding many of the major thinkers. Was Machiavelli really amoral? Why did language matter so much to Hobbes--and why should it matter to us? Are the roots of the totalitarian state to be found in Rousseau? Were the utilitarians sexist in their view of the franchise? The author's aim is to show how a pluralist and problem-centered approach can shed new light on old and recent works in political theory, and on the controversies that continue over their meaning and significance. Written in a lively and accessible style, the book will provoke debate among students and scholars alike.
Reappraising Political Theory
Language: en
Pages: 310
Authors: Terence Ball
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1995 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

In this lively and entertaining book, Terence Ball maintains that 'classic' works in political theory continue to speak to us only if they are periodically re-read and reinterpreted from alternative perspectives. That, the author contends, is how these works became classics, and why they are regarded as such. Ball suggests
The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Political Thought
Language: en
Pages: 754
Authors: Professor of Political Science Terence Ball, Terence Ball, Richard Bellamy
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003-08-14 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Rousseau's Ghost
Language: en
Pages: 206
Authors: Terence Ball
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1998-01-01 - Publisher: SUNY Press

Set primarily in Paris and Oxford, this fast-paced mystery novel links a long-missing manuscript from a famous eighteenth-century philosopher with a dark secret to a late twentieth-century murder of a prominent Princeton professor.
Thomas Carlyle Resartus
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Paul E. Kerry, Marylu Hill
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010 - Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

One hundred and fifty years ago Thomas Carlyle was the intellectual gadfly whom many disagreed with but everyone read. Statesmen, philosophers, novelists, historians-anyone wrestling with the most vexed issues of modern life-had to come to grips with his writings. For much of the nineteenth century Carlyle was a prophetic voice-strong,
Political Theory and Praxis
Language: en
Pages: 292
Authors: Terence Ball
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1977 - Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

Political Theory and Praxis was first published in 1977. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. Nine distinguished contributors—philosophers and political scientists at universities and colleges in the United States, Europe, Canada,