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Political Theory and Social Science

Cutting Against the Grain

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. John G. Gunnell
    Pages 1-7
  3. John G. Gunnell
    Pages 9-31
  4. John G. Gunnell
    Pages 55-80
  5. John G. Gunnell
    Pages 81-104
  6. John G. Gunnell
    Pages 105-128
  7. John G. Gunnell
    Pages 129-154
  8. John G. Gunnell
    Pages 155-167
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 169-189

About this book


This work is devoted to a critical analytical examination of the history, character, and conduct of contemporary academic political theory and to a reconsideration of significant elements of this field of inquiry from the perspective of the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.


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About the authors

JOHN G. GUNNEL Distinguished Professor Emeritus of State University of New York at Albany, USA, and currently Visiting Affiliate and Research Associate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California at Davis.

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"Erudite and eloquent, engaging fundamental issues in the field in a style that is both accessible and profound, this book demonstrates the continued importance of John G. Gunnell's line of inquiry concerning the purpose and practice of theory as a subfield in political science. Gunnell's dissenting perspective is much needed. This book will be widely read for its significant contributions to understanding the purpose and practice of political theory today." - Sanford Schram, Bryn Mawr College