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Histories of political thought in the post-methodological age

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The books reviewed here are most definitely for the student market, but they will no doubt prove useful to specialists in the history of political thought. What is clear in this post-methodological age is that such texts have been the least affected by the historical revolution of the 1960s and '70s. Pluralism prevails, which is not in itself a bad thing, as long as diversity of approach is not taken to condone the view that anything goes. We must always justify our methods even if they appear to be unchallenged, if only to review from time to time the efficacy of the results. It is testimony to the impact of those who perpetrated the historical revolution that the authors of two of the books, and the executors of the third, have felt the need to justify the type of inquiry embarked upon. Historical sensitivity has become much more important than it was, and it has been achieved to some extent without compromising an interest in the contemporary relevance of texts.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Wales, Swansea.

Publication date: 1993-02-01

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