Influence in Twentieth Century Political Thought
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There have been analogous debates on the meaning of influence within the history of political thought, and these too have been shaped by a parallel understanding of influence as Nietzschean and emanational in nature. Despite lasting acrimony from Quentin Skinner, at the height of Cambridge School revolution in the 1960s, recent scholarship in the history of political thought has reasserted the benefit to be had from examining claims of influence between thinkers. Prior to examining these claims in the penultimate chapter, it is necessary to outline the disputes within the history of political thought on the subject of influence. Methodological disputes surrounding the role of influence are nothing new, and stem from the rejection of superficial links made between distant, unrelated thinkers. The principal aim of this chapter is to examine Condren’s statement that his critique of the terms of qualitative appraisal ‘is neither an exclusive property nor is its domain restricted to a single inheritance’ within political theory.