The Return of Grand Theory in the Human Sciences
Gadamer, Derrida, Foucault, Habermas, Althusser and L'evi-Strauss are among the major figures discussed in a volume of essays that surveys the most influential developments in social and political thought over the past twenty-five years.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 13th 1990 by Cambridge University Press
(first published August 30th 1985)
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This book is series of essays on various twentieth century philosophers in the social sciences. While it is not written for the person with no background in the social sciences or humanities, it does provide a foundational entry for those whose knowledge is limited regarding the philosophical sides of those disciplines. Each section is written by a different author, who is very knowledgeable about the person being discussed. At the end of each essay there is a ‘further reading’ section that prov...more
A collection of easily the most economic and most intelligible introductions to several of prominent 20th century philosphers/social theorists. A view of the state-of-art of social sciences from the year 1990, the book gets you to understand methodological shifts and problematics. The articles, though written by different scholars, are not really separate. Rather they all address similar issues such as the contribution of these philosophers to hermeneutics vs positivism debate. And it is really...more
Educated at Caius College, Cambridge, where he was elected to a Fellowship upon obtaining a double-starred first in History, Quentin Skinner accepted, however, a teaching Fellowship at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he taught until 2008, except for four years in the 1970s spent at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1978 he was appointed to the chair of Political Scie...moreMore about Quentin Skinner...