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Sheldon S. Wolin and the Historicity of Political Thought

Sheldon S. Wolin and the Historicity of Political Thought Sheldon S. Wolin and the Historicity of Political Thought ant o nio y. vázq uez-ar r o yo “To refine, to clarify, to intensify . . . there is but one single force—t he imagination.” willi am car l os willi ams, s p r in g and all (1 9 23) Long considered one of the most original and influential American political theorists of the last fifty years, Sheldon S. Wolin’s work has yet to receive the sustained critical engagement it deserves. Essays dealing with this or that aspect of his political thought have begun to appear during the last couple of years, a trend that undoubtedly will continue. Out of these efforts, fine eluci- dations of some of his signature contributions have ensued. Yet, few distin- guished exceptions aside, many attempts to probe the critical and political import of Wolin’s ideas, especially his formulation of “fugitive democracy,” end up assimilating Wolin’s thinking into academic trends alien to him without an immanent consideration of the form and content of his original contribution to contemporary political theory or his approach -to the inter pretation of texts and his views about the historicity of political thought. It is, of course, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Sheldon S. Wolin and the Historicity of Political Thought

The Good Society , Volume 24 (2) – Jun 23, 2016

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Sheldon S. Wolin and the Historicity of Political Thought ant o nio y. vázq uez-ar r o yo “To refine, to clarify, to intensify . . . there is but one single force—t he imagination.” willi am car l os willi ams, s p r in g and all (1 9 23) Long considered one of the most original and influential American political theorists of the last fifty years, Sheldon S. Wolin’s work has yet to receive the sustained critical engagement it deserves. Essays dealing with this or that aspect of his political thought have begun to appear during the last couple of years, a trend that undoubtedly will continue. Out of these efforts, fine eluci- dations of some of his signature contributions have ensued. Yet, few distin- guished exceptions aside, many attempts to probe the critical and political import of Wolin’s ideas, especially his formulation of “fugitive democracy,” end up assimilating Wolin’s thinking into academic trends alien to him without an immanent consideration of the form and content of his original contribution to contemporary political theory or his approach -to the inter pretation of texts and his views about the historicity of political thought. It is, of course,

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The Good SocietyPenn State University Press

Published: Jun 23, 2016

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