The value of genealogies for political philosophy

Janosch Prinz, Paul Raekstad

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Abstract

Genealogies are an increasingly important part of contemporary political philosophy. However, even recent genealogies differ a great deal in terms of their ends and methods. Strikingly, this has received virtually no discussion in the literature. This article begins to fill that gap. It does so by comparing and contrasting the genealogies of Bernard Williams, Quentin Skinner, and Raymond Geuss, exploring their different goals, methods, and value for political philosophy. This helps us better understand these different kinds of genealogy in their own right; shows the distinct value of each of these different kinds of genealogy to political philosophy; and enables political philosophers to better be able to select the kind of genealogical investigation most relevant to their interests and to employ the correct kind of genealogy better as a result.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy
Early online date13 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 May 2020

Keywords

  • genealogy
  • political philiosophy
  • ideology critique
  • Bernard Williams
  • Raymond Geuss
  • Quentin Skinner

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