Political Thought Since 1945
Philosophy, Science, Ideology
Political Thought since 1945 provides for a new generation of readers clear and accurate accounts of the views of seven major thinkers (Arendt, Dahl, Habermas, Hayek, Macpherson, Oakeshott and Rawls). Each one is placed in a context of comment and criticism. In addition, an introductory chapter sets out the ideas of other thinkers, so that the ambient controversy and conversation is made plain. Politics as philosophy, as social science, and as ideology are all considered. The search for a valid form of enquiry is shown to be a continuing preoccupation through the period. There was frequent evidence of delayed recognition and influence of political writers, and so this reliable guide will provide illumination for years to come.
Lucid and reliable, this guide to recent political thought will be indispensable for the generations of students.
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`This book provides an excellent survey of the main issues and themes in western political thought since the second world war. It brings together seven illuminating essays by leading scholars on Arendt, Dahl, Habermas, Hayek, Macpherson, Oakeshott and Rawls.' -- Julia Stapleton, Political Studies `This book tackles its very ambitious task in an imaginative way.' -- C. Woodard, AJPH