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That Noble Science of Politics : A Study in Nineteenth-Century Intellectual History - Stefan Collini

That Noble Science of Politics

A Study in Nineteenth-Century Intellectual History

Paperback Published: 23rd January 1984
ISBN: 9780521277709
Number Of Pages: 396

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In this unusual and important work, three well-known historians of ideas examine the diverse forms taken in nineteenth-century Britain by the aspiration to develop what was then known as a 'science of politics'. This aspiration encompassed a more extensive and ambitious range of concerns than is implied by the modern term 'political science': in fact, as this book demonstrates, it remained the overarching category under which many nineteenth-century thinkers grouped their attempts to achieve systematic understanding of man's common life. As a result of both the over-concentration on closed abstract systems of thought and the intrusion of concerns which pervade much writing in the history of political theory and of the social sciences, these attempts have since been neglected or misrepresented. By deliberately avoiding such approaches, this book restores the subject to its centrality in the intellectual life and political culture of nineteenth-century Britain.

The governing science: things political and the intellectual historian
The system of the North: Dugald Stewart and his pupils
Higher maxims: happiness versus wealth in Malthus and Ricardo
The cause of good government: Philosophic Whigs versus Philosophic Radicals
The tendencies of things: John Stuart Mill and the philosophic method
Sense and circumstances: Bagehot and the nature of political understanding
All that glitters: political science and the lessons of history
The clue to the maze: the appeal of the Comparative Method
Particular polities: political economy and the historical method
The ordinary experience of civilised life: Sidgwick and the method of reflective analysis
A separate science: polity and society in Marshall's economics
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ISBN: 9780521277709
ISBN-10: 0521277701
Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 23rd January 1984
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.58