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The Cunning Of Unreason

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John Dunn is the founding father of the Cambridge school, which introduced an approach to political theory that emphasizes the importance of historical context in the formation and interpretation of arguments and ideas. The Cunning of Unreason makes a powerful case for the application of the Cambridge school approach to the current political climate. Emphasizing the ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 23rd 2001 by Basic Books (first published August 7th 2000)
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Jul 01, 2013 Gulsen rated it it was amazing
One of the best books that I've ever read on contemporary political theory. It is a shame that it has been somewhat underrated, mostly, I would suggest, due to its difficult to follow construction and language. It is a book for patient readers!
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Jul 15, 2011 Justin Evans rated it really liked it
A while back I read a book that started by telling its readers what it wasn't. Dunn's book needs the same disclaimer. This is really a book about understanding politics- it discusses, analyzes and judges different ways of understanding, not different kinds of politics. He begins by describing what he takes politics to be - essentially, conflicts within and between states - but most of the book is about how we might try to understand and change this subject matter. So the book is structured more ...more
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John Mountfort Dunn is emeritus Professor of Political Theory at King's College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Chiba University, Japan.

Dunn's work focuses on applying a historical perspective to modern political theory. His early reputation was based
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