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Jan Ifversen

tradition of intellectual history around the so-called Cambridge school. 3 Richter himself was already friends with leading figures of this school such as John Pocock and Quentin Skinner, but he also extended his network within BG in Germany as well as in

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Introduction

Interdisciplinary Concepts and their Political Significance

Ernst Müller

This essay introduces a panel of four studies of concepts: survival, generation, mutation, and reflex; concepts which circulate among different disciplines. The introduction addresses the problems of disciplinary lexica of conceptual history which have been completed in Germany in recent years; at the same time it questions the boundaries between political-social language (as represented by the Cambridge school in the English-speaking world and by Koselleck in the German) and concepts in natural sciences. The methodological problems examined in the process include issues of knowledge and discipline and interdisciplinarity, as well as of metaphorology and translation, and investigates their relation to the logic of the political.

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Manjeet Ramgotra

Republicanism is generally said to promote virtue and equal political participation, yet many historical republics and republican theories endorse the hierarchical political participation of the upper and lower social classes and recommend a centralised executive power. Republican constitutions incorporate the authority of the nobles, the freedom of the people and the political power of one man. Cicero formulates this understanding of the republic, which endures in the ideas of Machiavelli and Montesquieu. I characterise this school of thought as conservative because it promotes the preservation of the social hierarchy, private property and stability. Moreover, it harnesses change by advancing a policy of expansion. I challenge the mainstream Cambridge School interpretation by tracing the trajectory of conservative republican ideas in the thought of Cicero, Machiavelli and Montesquieu. Few interpretations relate the republicanism of these three thinkers to each other, hence this reading contributes a new way of thinking about republicanism.

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Decline as a Form of Conceptual Change

Some Considerations on the Loss of the Legal Person

Douglas C. Dow

Conceptual decline has been one of the least examined forms of conceptual change. This essay explores some of the methodological and interpretive problems that have arisen through a study of the declining use of the concept of legal personhood in Anglo-American juridical discourse over the first half of the twentieth century. Such effort will generate a number of significant methodological questions: 1) How does identifying conceptual decline challenge an author-centered approach to a history of conceptual change? 2) How might the decline of a concept in one discourse affect the ways in which the term operates in other discourses; and how does the study of concepts operating across multiple discourses complicate the dichotomy between basic and technical concepts? 3) How might a once active, but now silent, concept continue to impact political discourse? Do lost concepts have an "afterlife"? The study of conceptual decline benefits from an interaction between Begriffsgeschichte and Cambridge School methods of studying conceptual change, while at the same time questioning some of the foundational assumptions of each approach.

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The Social Life of Contentious Concepts

Ronald S. Stade

of academic treatises rather than Groschenromane (“penny dreadfuls”), as it were. The same can be said of the Cambridge School of intellectual history and the history of political thought, represented by scholars like Quentin Skinner, J.G.A. Pocock

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A Focus on the History of Concepts

Eirini Goudarouli

be the theories and methods of the so-called Cambridge School. In this context, research projects influenced by Quentin Skinner are usually focused on short-term processes of conceptual change, and their rhetorical extension, with the aim of bridging

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Roberto Breña

Reinhart Koselleck, and the most important exponent of the latter is Quentin Skinner (along with J. G. A. Pocock, Skinner is the most recognized member of the “Cambridge School”). It is true that both methodologies arrived not too many years ago to some

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Pivots and Levers

Political Rhetoric around Capitalism in Britain from the 1970s to the Present

Neil Foxlee

counterpart in the so-called Cambridge School, Quentin Skinner. 9 I also hope to demonstrate that a combination of these approaches can be fruitfully applied to the study of contemporary, as well as historical, political discourse. Basic Concepts and

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Interpretation and Rationality

Developing Donald Davidson's Ideas in International Political Theory

Nikolay Gudalov

their subjective rationalities and languages that cannot be bridged completely by a common rationality or language. Strikingly, such views chimed with the Cambridge school of intellectual history, which sees Quine's indeterminacy of translation as

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Alexander Weiss

for investigating requirements for democratic stability or likeliness of democratization ( Inglehart and Welzel 2009 ), the latter concept, at least in early canonical texts from the Cambridge School in intellectual history, understands texts and