Tradition, interpretation, and science: political theory in by John S. Nelson

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Need they be different from the modes Page 15 outside politics? Here Gunnell invokes his three or four orders of theory. But displaced or even alienated as they sometimes are, they remain by his own account of the tradition at least potentially political. Again the tacit point is how political our tradition may be. If Grunnell returns the reader to traditional political theory, then regardless of how ''analytical" and "extrinsic" his own "retrospective reconstruction," the very idea of the tradition has become more actively political.

Gunnell, Editor Page iii Tradition, Interpretation, And Science Political Theory in The American Academy JOHN S. NELSON State University of New York Press Page iv Published by State University of New York Press, Albany © 1986 State University of New York All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. , 12246 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Tradition, interpretation, and science.

The two occasions also suggested that the time had come to engage Gunnell's issues directly and in terms of his particular arguments. As a result, one of the 1982 panels of the Foundation of Political Theory Group was devoted to Gunnell's work. There Sheldon Wolin, Strauber, and I presented drafts of three essays later revised for this book. Henry Kariel chaired the proceedings, and Gunnell offered a friendly reply to his commentators. The attendance and enthusiasm for that panel persuaded its participants to prepare their contributions for joint publication, and I sought out additional chapters by others eager to address major projects and problems of political theory, through the medium of Gunnell's work.

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