History of Political Thought as Detective-Work.

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Year:
      2015
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      Contextualism
      hermeneutic circle
      hermeneutics
      interpretation
      methodology
      Quentin Skinner
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      This paper offers practical guidance for empirical interpretation in the history of political thought, especially uncovering what authors meant and why they wrote what they wrote. I thus seek to fill a small but significant hole in our rather abstract methodological literature. To counter this abstraction, I draw not only on methodological theorising but also on actual practice—and on detective-work, a fruitful analogy. The detective analogy seeks to capture the intuition that we can potentially find right answers but must handle fragmentary evidence that different people can plausibly read in different ways. Placing the focus on evidence, and on combining different types of evidence, suggests that orthodox categories like ‘contextualist’ and ‘Marxist’ too often accentuate differences between scholars. This paper instead highlights core principles that unite us—ideas that underpin good textual interpretation across all ‘schools of thought’. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]
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    • ISSN:
      01916599
    • Accession Number:
      110426957
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BLAU, A. History of Political Thought as Detective-Work. History of European Ideas, [s. l.], v. 41, n. 8, p. 1178, 2015. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=110426957. Acesso em: 4 dez. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Blau A. History of Political Thought as Detective-Work. History of European Ideas. 2015;41(8):1178. Accessed December 4, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=110426957
    • APA:
      Blau, A. (2015). History of Political Thought as Detective-Work. History of European Ideas, 41(8), 1178.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Blau, Adrian. 2015. “History of Political Thought as Detective-Work.” History of European Ideas 41 (8): 1178. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=110426957.
    • Harvard:
      Blau, A. (2015) ‘History of Political Thought as Detective-Work’, History of European Ideas, 41(8), p. 1178. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=110426957 (Accessed: 4 December 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Blau, A 2015, ‘History of Political Thought as Detective-Work’, History of European Ideas, vol. 41, no. 8, p. 1178, viewed 4 December 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Blau, Adrian. “History of Political Thought as Detective-Work.” History of European Ideas, vol. 41, no. 8, Dec. 2015, p. 1178. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=110426957.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Blau, Adrian. “History of Political Thought as Detective-Work.” History of European Ideas 41, no. 8 (December 2015): 1178. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=110426957.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Blau A. History of Political Thought as Detective-Work. History of European Ideas [Internet]. 2015 Dec [cited 2020 Dec 4];41(8):1178. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=110426957