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Political Thought, History of

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© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. The study of past ideas and writings concerning politics has been undertaken not just by historians, but by scholars from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives. This article focuses primarily on historical approaches to the study of past thinking about politics. In particular, three approaches that have been especially influential in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries are explored in detail: the Straussian approach initiated by Leo Strauss; the Cambridge School interpretation that was developed by J.G.A. Pocock and Quentin Skinner; and Begriffsgeschichte or Conceptual History that was pioneered by Otto Brunner, Werner Conze, and Reinhart Koselleck.

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Author(s): Hammersley R

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition

Year: 2015

Pages: 486-490

Online publication date: 12/03/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: Elsevier

Place Published: Oxford


DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.62163-3

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ISBN: 9780080970875


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