Poetry Madness
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Beyond the Headlines | March 6, 2015

    Rhianna Walton: IMG Beyond the Headlines: How to Visit Cuba



    Ever since President Obama's December announcement that the United States is resuming full diplomatic ties with Cuba, the Powell's buyers' office... Continue »

    spacer

On Order

$99.25
New Hardcover
Currently out of stock.
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Qty Store Section
- Local Warehouse Politics- General

This title in other editions

Other titles in the Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology series:

Descent of Political Theory: The Genealogy of an American Vocation

by

Descent of Political Theory: The Genealogy of an American Vocation Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

This provocative work reveals the origins and development of political theory as it is presently understood—and misunderstood. Tracing the evolution of the field from the nineteenth century to the present, John G. Gunnell shows how current controversies, like those over liberalism or the relationship of theory to practice, are actually the unresolved legacy of a forgotten past. By uncovering this past, Gunnell exposes the forces that animate and structure political theory today.

Gunnell reconstructs the evolution of the field by locating it within the broader development of political science and American social science in general. During the behavioral revolution that swept political science in the 1950s, the relationship between political theory and political science changed dramatically, relegating theory to the margins of an increasingly empirical discipline. Gunnell demonstrates that the estrangement of political theory is rooted in a much older quarrel: the authority of knowledge versus political theory is rooted in a much older quarrel: the authority of knowledge versus political authority, academic versus public discourse. By disclosing the origin of this dispute, he opens the way for a clearer understanding of the basis and purpose of political theory.

As critical as it is revelatory, this thoughtful book should be read by any one interested in the history of political theory or science—or in the relationship of social science to political practice in the United States.

About the Author

John G. Gunnell is professor of political science at the State University of New York, Albany. He is the author of four books, the most recent Between Philosophy and Politics: The Alienation of Political Theory.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. The Practice of Theory: End and Beginning

2. State and University

3. The Institutionalization of Theory

4. Politics and Political Theory

5. In Search of Identity

6. The Crisis of Liberalism

7. The Idea of Theoretical Intervention: The Weimar Conversation

8. Coming to America

9. Political Science and Political Theory

10. The Behavioral Reformation

11. Exodus

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226310800
Author:
Gunnell, John G.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Political science -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Publication Date:
19931231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
337
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Other books you might like

  1. The Limits of Community: A Critique... New Hardcover $51.25

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General

Descent of Political Theory: The Genealogy of an American Vocation New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$99.25 Backorder
Product details 337 pages University of Chicago Press - English 9780226310800 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.