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Theorists interested in learning more about any given interpretive approach are often required to navigate a dizzying array of sources, with no clear sense of where to begin. The prose of many primary sources is often steeped in dense and technical argot that novices find intimidating or even impenetrable. Interpretive Political Theory provide students of political theory a single introductory reference guide to major approaches to interpretation available in the field today.
Comprehensive and clearly written, the book includes:
- A historical and theoretical overview that situates the practice of interpretation within the development of political theory in the twentieth century
- Chapters on Straussian esotericism, historical approaches within the Cambridge School of interpretation, materialist approaches associated with Marxism, the critical approaches associated with varieties of feminism, Greimassian semiotics, Foucaultian genealogy, the negative dialectics of Theodor Adorno, deconstruction as exemplified by Jacques Derrida and Paul de Man, and Lacanian psychoanalysis.
- An exposition of the theoretical and disciplinary background of each approach, the tools and techniques of interpretation it uses, its assumptions about what counts as a relevant text in political theory, and what it considers to be the purpose or objective of reading in political theory.
- A reading familiar of Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan to illustrate how each approach can be applied in practice.
- A list of suggestions for further reading that will guide those interested in pursuing more advanced study.
An invaluable textbook for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and even seasoned scholars of political theory interested in learning more about different interpretive approaches.