Politics, Language, and Time: Essays on Political Thought and History
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Politics, Language, and Time: Essays on Political Thought and History

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  2 reviews
In his first essay, "Languages and Their Implications," J. G. A. Pocock announces the emergence of the history of political thought as a discipline apart from political philosophy. Traditionally, "history" of political thought has meant a chronological ordering of intellectual systems without attention to political languages; but it is through the study of those languages...more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published January 15th 1989 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 1971)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Politics, Language, and Time, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Politics, Language, and Time

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 33)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Oliver Bateman
I read only the first essay in this volume, in which Pocock lays out his approach toward developing a proper "historical" understanding of "political" language. Pocock also discusses Quentin Skinner's more technical take on the matter (as influenced by the philosophy of Austin, Wittgenstein, et al.), yet seems at a further remove from it. While Pocock is not necessarily uninterested in or ignorant of the "hard" questions posed by the philosophers of language, he emphasizes that such an understan...more
Kalev
There's simply no doubt that this book is incredibly important. In graduate school, I was assigned it by three separate professors, in two different institutions. So why the low rating? It's an excruciating read: pretentious, tedious, turgid. Pocock certainly has a knack for marketing a banality as a profundity. After all, this is the guy who managed to convince much of the modern academy that Harrington was worth listening to, and that Jefferson's interest in him wasn't just another eccentricit...more
Bakunin
Bakunin marked it as to-read
Jul 17, 2014
Devrim
Devrim added it
Feb 24, 2014
Tim Wyman-McCarthy
Tim Wyman-McCarthy marked it as to-read
Oct 09, 2013
John
John marked it as to-read
Jul 06, 2013
Yvanowik Dantas valério
Yvanowik Dantas valério marked it as to-read
May 25, 2013
Harold
Harold marked it as to-read
Mar 31, 2013
Dimas
Dimas marked it as to-read
Feb 01, 2013
Jim
Jim marked it as to-read
Oct 27, 2012
Raymond
Raymond marked it as to-read
Jun 14, 2012
phatic
phatic marked it as to-read
Apr 12, 2012
Cameron J. Quinn
Cameron J. Quinn marked it as to-read
Jul 16, 2011
Seth
Seth marked it as to-read
Feb 09, 2011
Robin
Robin added it
Jul 28, 2010
Jason
Jason marked it as to-read
Oct 17, 2009
megan
megan added it
Apr 16, 2009
Molly Des Jardin
Molly Des Jardin marked it as to-read
Apr 06, 2008
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Full name: John Greville Agard Pocock
More about J.G.A. Pocock...
The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition The Ancient Constitution and the Feudal Law: A Study of English Historical Thought in the Seventeenth Century Virtue, Commerce, and History: Essays on Political Thought and History, Chiefly in the Eighteenth Century Barbarism and Religion Barbarism and Religion, Vol 4: Barbarians, Savages and Empires

Share This Book