Meaning and Context

Meaning and Context : Quentin Skinner and His Critics

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The work of Quentin Skinner is concerned mainly with the study of the history of ideas and political philosophy. Since the publication of Skinner's first articles some two decades ago, debate has continued to develop around his theories. This volume gathers together contributions to the debate both by Skinner himself and by his critics. An introduction by James Tully provides a systematic overview of the evolution of Skinner's work and of the main reactions to it. A statement by Skinner himself provides an up-to-date exposition of his standpoint, revises some of his previous ideas, and responds to more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 150 x 230mm | 610g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745601251
  • 9780745601250

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Acknowledgements ; The Contributors ; Introduction ; Part One: Articles by Quentin Skinner ; 1 Meaning and Understanding in the History of Ideas 2 Motives, Intentions and the Interpretation of Texts 3 `Social Meaning' and the Explanation of Social Action 4 Some Problems in the Analysis of Political Thought and Action 5 Language and Social Change ; Part Two: Critical Perspectives ; 6 Say It With Flowers Martin Hollis 7 How Do Illocutionary Descriptions Explain? Keith Graham 8 An Historicist Critique of `Revisionist' Methods for Studying the History of Ideas Joseph V. Femia 9 Method in Intellectual History: Quentin Skinner's Foundations Kenneth Minogue 10 Quentin Skinner's Method and Machiavelli's Prince Nathan Tarcov 11 More Theses on the Philosophy of History John Keane 12 The Hermeneutics of Conflict Charles Taylor 13 A Note on `The Hermeneutics of Conflict' James Tully ; Part Three: Afterword ; A Reply to My Critics Quentin Skinner ; Endnotes ; Bibliography: Principal publications of Quentin Skinner ;;;;;;show more

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