The Logic of the History of Ideas and the Study of Comparative Political Theory


Mark Bevir’s The Logic of the History of Ideas is highly influential in intellectual history circles. What intellectual historians may not realize is how much influence Logic has for other disciplines linked to intellectual history. Relying upon Bevir’s arguments for the place of evidence, coherence, and non-methodological prescriptivism in the performance of intellectual history, in this symposium contribution I outline what comparative political theorists might glean from Logic for the purpose of developing a more coherent field of their own.