How Ideas Affect Actions

Jennifer L. Hochschild

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 Ideas Affect Actions

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This article examines how ideas influence actions. It explains that writers of the past have asserted that ideas affect actions and provides epigraphs that provide more than eloquent testimony for that assertion. Sophocles suggested that ideas can override interest and change how a person acts, Julius Caesar believed that ideas can justify interests and can reinforce a person's preferences for action, and Robert Musil said that ideas can shape a person's understanding of his or her interests and can therefore create a new set of preferred actions.

Keywords: ideas; actions; epigraphs; Sophocles; Julius Caesar; person's preferences; Robert Musil; preferred actions

Article.  5606 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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