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Imagination and Critique

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Historical inquiry and social science are examined in this unique monograph, to both assess and anticipate developments in public policy. A case study of the ratification of the 16 th Amendment is included to illustrate the concepts discussed.

This book is most easily described as philosophy of history; however, this descr- tion may be a little misleading. Truly, this is a work of applied philosophy that was originally conceived not in a philosophy seminar but in a school of public policy. As a philosopher learning about the study of public policy formation, I was f- quently struck by what I perceived to be two very different sets of assumptions and methods at work. I found these assumptions and methods to be mutually exclusive conceptually, but they were often employed simultaneously. On the one hand, it was often accepted as given when studying past policy changes and political events that history is shaped by impersonal forces, that p- ple's actions can, and ought only to be understood as manifestations of their own material interests, and that individuals are to be identi?ed as representatives of their respective demographic categories. Thus, for example, the events in question were explained in terms of the race or class of the various parties. When such an approach was challenged with an appeal to the actual arguments and stated rationales of the participants of the historical moment in question, this was taken to be an option that might be employed either in conjunction with the former method or as an alter- tive. Which method one chose to emphasize or employ exclusively seemed more a function of inclination or intuition than rational adjudication.

Applies rigorous philosophical analysis to the basic assumptions of historical inquiry/social science as actually practiced

Includes a case study and specific implications of philosophy for study of policy developments

Illustrates how/why assumptions about past influence ability to anticipate future

Offers a new, powerful argument against the basic foundations of Marxist thought

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This project is the result of a philosopher's extended engagement with the literature and practice of political science and public policy formation. One finds in these fields, and in social science generally, two fundamentally opposed approaches to inquiry into the nature and cause of historical political events. These two approaches, which are sometimes employed simultaneously, are both powerful and persuasive. Yet, the two accounts are incompatible and comprehensive. Making a choice between the two is not simply about choosing a view of history; the choice affects how one anticipates policy developments in the future, and, more importantly, how one seeks to influence and shape public policy now and in the years to come. Because there is no external standard of history by which to judge them, one must examine the conceptions of human nature, reason and freedom underlying each in order to adjudicate between the two. Following Alasdair MacIntyre's approach in Three Rival Versions of Moral Inquiry, this book analyzes and evaluates the internal coherence and ultimate viability of the two fundamental versions of historical inquiry. Intended not only for philosophers but also for students and practitioners of political science and public policy, the book includes a case study of a particularly significant political development in U.S. history- the ratification of the 16th Amendment- and suggests some specific implications of the philosophical conclusions.

Title PageDedicationAcknowledgementsEpigraphIntroductionThe Story of the Federal Income Tax: A Case StudyVico and the Faculty of ImaginationMarx's Critique of HistoryMarx, Rawls and the Intelligibility of FreedomIdeology and the Problem of NamingImagination in PracticeWhat's the Matter with What's the Matter with Kansas??Freeing Anthropology From CritiqueImagination and the Possibility of Civil PoliticsWorks Cited

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Titre: Imagination and Critique
Code EAN: 9789048138036
ISBN: 9048138035
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Springer-Verlag GmbH
nombre de pages: 200
Poids: 404g
Taille: H243mm x B167mm x T23mm
Parution: 01.09.2010
Année: 2010
Auflage: 2010