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Thinking Past a Problem : Essays on the History of Ideas - Professor Preston King

Thinking Past a Problem

Essays on the History of Ideas

Paperback Published: 30th January 2000
ISBN: 9780714680422
Number Of Pages: 339

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This is a collection of Professor Preston King's essays on the history of ideas. The title invokes the embeddedness of the past in, and the sly complexity of, what we call altogether too summarily the "present". These essays are united by a persistent concern with the philosophy of history, especially the history of ideas. They all emerge from an early view by King of the interpretation of past and present. This was a view in turn complemented and contradicted by those from whom King learnt most, located in or around the London School of Economics: Michael Oakeshott, Karl Popper and Isaiah Berlin. The author's concern, above all else, is to demonstrate the incoherence, even absurdity of the notion that the past can have nothing to teach us - whether mounted by those who argue that history is "unique" or that it is merely "contextual".

Thinking past a problem
the 20th century - a history of the history of ideas
Michael Oakeshott and historical particularism
Skinner - the theory of context and the case of Hobbes
Hobbes - texts and contexts
historical contextualism - the new historicism? historical contextualism - revisited
Alasdair MacIntyre - rationalism and tradition
history via hypothesis
an ideological fallacy
ideology as politics
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ISBN: 9780714680422
ISBN-10: 0714680427
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 339
Published: 30th January 2000
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1

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