Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

In revising the essays for this collection, I have made some links among them explicit, updated references and some of the commentary in the footnotes, and made other minor modifications. I have not, however, altered beyond this, even though I would write some of them differently were I starting afresh today. ...

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Introduction: Fear of Not Flying

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pp. 1-18

In Medieval England there was a curious gap between the study and practice of law. From the thirteenth century to the seventeenth, the main language used for pleading in common law courts was Law French. It seems to have developed because Latin, the language of formal records, carried too much historical freight from Roman law for the peculiarities of English circumstances, ...

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Chapter One: The Difference That Realism Makes: Social Science and the Politics of Consent

Ian Shapiro, Alexander Wendt

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pp. 19-50

All forms of social inquiry rest on beliefs about what counts as an explanation of social phenomena. Should explanations of social life be deduced from observable facts? Should they be grounded on peoples’ self-understandings? Should they be based on whatever enables us to intervene with effect in the world? ...

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Chapter Two: Revisiting the Pathologies of Rational Choice

Donald Green, Ian Shapiro

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pp. 51-99

The social sciences were founded amid high expectations about what could be learned through systematic study of human affairs, and perhaps as a result social scientists are periodically beset by intellectual crises. Each generation of scholars expresses disappointment with the rate at which knowledge accumulates and yearns for a new, more promising form of social science. ...

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Chapter Three: Richard Posner’s Praxis

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pp. 100-151

My purposes here are four. First, I reveal the internal logic of Richard Posner’s microeconomic conception of judicial efficiency to be fallacious, partly for reasons indigenous to his particular formulation of it and partly for reasons that have long been known by welfare economists and political scientists to attend various compensation-based theories of allocative efficiency. ...

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Chapter Four: Gross Concepts in Political Argument

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pp. 152-177

Political theoists often fail to appreciate that arguments about how politics ought to be organized typically depend on relational claims involving agents, actions, legitimacy, and ends. If they did, they would see that to defend the standard contending views in many of the controversies that occupy them is silly. ...

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Chapter Five: Problems, Methods, and Theories in the Study of Politics: Or What's Wrong with Political Science and What to Do about it

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pp. 178-203

Our mandate is to engage in navel-gazing about the condition of political theory.1 I confess that I find myself uncomfortable with this charge because I think political theorists have become altogether too narcissistic over the past half-century. ...

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Chapter Six: The Political Science Discipline: A Comment on David Laitin

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pp. 204-212

In “The Political Science Discipline,” David Laitin argues that there is an intellectual order to political science, but he laments that it is not reflected in the way in which we teach the discipline to undergraduates.1 He proposes to remedy this state of affairs by designing an introductory political science course that mirrors standard introductory courses in economics. ...

Index

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pp. 213-223