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Chapter 30: English Political Theory in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
English Political Theory in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Analytical Philosophy's Legacy
The converging currents of Anglo-American political theory have swept away much of English political theory's distinctiveness. Nevertheless, the latter has been sufficiently distinctive and influential, warranting our concern as intellectual historians. Indeed, as it has become less Anglo and more American, English political theory has become more rigorously analytical and, consequently, increasingly insensitive to its own historical past. For all its many virtues, contemporary Anglo-American political theory is an impoverished history of ideas, having substituted a truncated eulogized canon for the richness of its predominantly English historical tradition.
This historical amnesia stems, in large part, from the legacy of logico-positivism, which discredited normative political theorizing as just ...