This is a volume of new essays introducing the most influential developments in social and political theory over the last thirty years. In that period empiricism and the positivist ideal of the unification of science have been undermined and transformed by the impact of different, frequently Continental, traditions of thought. The introduction charts these charges and each of the contributors provides a brief and lucid account of the thought of one major figure or school which have helped to bring about these changes. Those discussed include Althusser, Derrida, Foucault, Gadamer, Habermas, Kuhn, Levi-Strauss, Rawls and the Annales historians. Each essay has suggestions for further reading and a useful general bibliography is provided at the end of the volume.
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Gadamer, Derrida, Foucault, Habermas, Althusser and Lévi-Strauss are among the major figures discussed in a volume of essays that surveys the most influential developments in social and political thought over the past twenty-five years.From the Back Cover:
The past quarter of a century has seen dramatic developments in social and political thought. This volume of essays offers an indispensable introduction to some of the most influential amongst them. Quentin Skinner's introduction traces broad transformations such as the erosion of empiricist assumptions and the undermining of the positivist ideal of the unification of the sciences by the impact of foreign traditions on English-speaking social science.
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