How Previous Ideas Affect Later Ideas

Neta C. Crawford

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

How Previous Ideas Affect Later Ideas

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Institutions



This article analyses how ideas of the past can affect or influence later ideas. It explains that previous ideas may affect later ideas in at least four ways: as the content of formal arguments, as the background discourse, as the organizing principle of institutions and social structures, and through their association with feelings. In its most direct form, previous ideas become the premises of human reasoning either by syllogism or analogy. This article also discusses the relevant issues of trusteeship, and the consideration of transitional administration as trusteeship or colonialism.

Keywords: ideas; formal arguments; background discourse; organizing principle; feelings; human reasoning; syllogism; trusteeship; transnational administration; colonialism

Article.  7654 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribeRecommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »