The History of Political and Social Concepts
A Critical Introduction
By (author) Melvin Richter
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History of Political and Social Concepts by Melvin Richter
Book DescriptionThis book outlines and illustrates a new approach to intellectual history - the history of "concepts". In distinction to the study of more traditional units of analysis, (authors, texts, traditions, discourses) conceptual history systematically combines the history of ideas and language with social history in such a way as to illustrate how changes in language both registered and shaped great transformations of government, society, economy, and mentality. With its origin in German social thought, and now gaining popularity in the US, this approach has affinities with some British intellectual history (Pocock, Skinner) and French discourse analysis, yet Richter carefully demonstrates how conceptual history makes important advances over each by focusing on the range of a terms's meaning, its changes, and its continuities, while avoiding pitfalls of deconstruction. This volume will be indispensable for historians of political and social thought, political and social philosophers, and those interested in the history of ideas.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195088267
(242mm x 163mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Melvin Richter
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Selected Political Writings, Hardback (March 1990)
Presents the work of Montesquieu, the philosopher, social critic, political theorist, and literary stylist. This title is intended for the students of the Enlightenment and of modern constitutional thought.
Politcal Theory of Montesquieu, Paperback (April 1977)» View all books by Melvin Richter
This volume makes available in an English translation the most significant part of Montesquieu's political, social and legal theory.
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