Social Science and Political Theory

Social Science and Political Theory

Social Science and Political Theory

Social Science and Political Theory

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These essays are based on a course of lectures delivered in Cambridge during the autumn of 1961 and broadcast in a shortened form in the B.B.C. Third Programme in the spring of 1962. I have more or less retained their original form, but I have added a number of notes which will be found collected together at the end of the volume. These are designed both to give references where this seems necessary and also to follow up some of the arguments in more detail than the non-specialist reader would wish to find in the text. Where reference is made to works in a foreign language, I have normally used English versions where available; I have, however, sometimes altered the translation without acknowledgement.

My thanks are due to the following, who read earlier drafts of one or more chapters and gave me the benefit of their comments: Professor Reinhard Bendix, Professor Sir Isaiah Berlin, Mr Robert Cassen, Mr Peter Laslett, Dr David Lockwood and Professor Edward Shils. Chapter VIII owes much to a discussion with Mr Renford Bambrough. For the errors of fact and emphasis which remain I alone am responsible. I am inevitably aware, in a book of this kind, of touching superficially on a diversity of topics all of which are better known to many others than to myself. My only defence is the hope that it may help to show over how wide a range of issues the sociology and philosophy of politics necessarily involve each other.

W. G. R.

TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE July 1962 . . .

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