Visions of Politics (Vol. I: Regarding Method)
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The first of three volumes of essays by Quentin Skinner, one of the world's leading intellectual historians. This collection includes some of his most important philosophical and methodological statements written over the past four decades, each carefully revised for publication in this form. In a series of seminal essays Professor Skinner sets forth the intellectual princ...more
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Published September 9th 2002 by Cambridge University Press (first published September 25th 1998)
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Skinner applies some of the insights of Wittgenstein and J.L. Austen to the study of history. He seeks how to demonstrate that intellectual historians need to ask what a particular author was DOING by what they said and in what they were saying. This is speech-act theory applied at the level of the text.

He closes the book with some helpful essays about morality and social change, the way that words change and how studying such change can help illuminate the history of an idea or word.

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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...more
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