The Nature and Limits of Political Science

The Nature and Limits of Political Science

The Nature and Limits of Political Science

The Nature and Limits of Political Science

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The middle of this book contains comments on quotations from the work of a large number of scholars. Choice of quotation has been largely indifferent -- so long as the quotation makes the point under discussion, so long as the work was published before the middle of 1961 and so long (generally) as the author is alive, or influential, in England. Many other scholars could have been chosen: and many other examples. The use of the word rational in the writings of Professor Ginsberg and Professor Greaves, for instance, would repay attention: though little would emerge that has not emerged from studying the use to which Professor Hart and Mr Peters put it also.

Since this is not intended as an historical work, no attempt has been made to give a comprehensive view of the work of any particular scholar. Inevitably, in these circumstances some scholars may be made to seem more foolish than they are. It cannot, therefore, too often be repeated that the quotations have one object -- and one object only -- to pinpoint by example ways of writing which those who offer political explanation should feel an obligation to avoid.

The author owes a large debt to Miss J. Fosbrooke-Ream of Wisbech and Cambridge for typing the book, to Mr J. A. Tuck for very kindly reading the proofs, to Professor Oakeshott and Mr Kedourie for commenting on the manuscript and to the Staff of the University Press for publishing it. He is grateful, also, to the Master and Fellows of Jesus College and the Master and Fellows of Peterhouse, both corporately and individually, for various sorts of sustenance during the period of composition.

He would like finally to thank all those who, at . . .

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