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The History of Political and Social Concepts

A Critical Introduction

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The History of Political and Social Concepts by Melvin Richter
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This 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.
Release date Australia
September 1st, 1995
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Oxford University Press Inc
Pages
214
Dimensions
163x242x22
ISBN-13
9780195088267
Product ID
1808730

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