Theory in History: Problems of Context and Narrative

J. G. A. Pocock

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Theory in History: Problems of Context and Narrative


This article examines the context and narrative problems associated with the study of the history of political theory. It suggests that in order to study the relations between political theory and history, it is necessary to study these terms and reduce them to manageable forms. It explains that the histories of political thought/theory were canonically constructed and they arranged modes of discourse in an order which it had come to be agreed formed the history being presented.

Keywords: political theory; history; political thought; discourse; canons

Article.  4426 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory

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