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Skinner, Quentin

Works: 393 works in 1,859 publications in 17 languages and 40,905 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Utopian fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Case studies  Fiction  Manuscripts  Sources  Conference papers and proceedings  Quotations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Actor, Collector, Author of introduction, Contributor, Creator, Facsimilist, wst, Speaker, 070, Publishing director, Compiler
Classifications: JC143, 320.1
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Visions of politics by Quentin Skinner( )

113 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 4,500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first of three volumes of essays by Quentin Skinner, one of the world's leading intellectual historians. This collection includes some of his most important philosophical and methodological statements written over the past four decades, each carefully revised for publication in this form. In a series of seminal essays Professor Skinner sets forth the intellectual principles that inform his work. Writing as a practising historian, he considers the theoretical difficulties inherent in the pursuit of knowledge and interpretation, and elucidates the methodology which finds its expression in his two successive volumes. All of Professor Skinner's work is characterised by philosophical power, limpid clarity, and elegance of exposition; these essays, many of which are now recognised classics, provide a fascinating and convenient digest of the development of his thought."
Republicanism : a shared European heritage by Martin van Gelderen( )

77 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 4,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These volumes offer the first comprehensive study of republicanism as a shared European heritage. Professors Skinner and van Gelderen have assembled an internationally distinguished set of contributors whose studies highlight the richness and diversity of European republican traditions. Volume I looks at anti-monarchism in Europe, humanist theories of citizenship and the constitutional nature of the republic. Volume II is devoted to the study of key republican values --liberty, virtue, politeness and toleration. It also addresses the role of women and relationship between republicanism and the rise of a commercial society. --
Machiavelli : a very short introduction by Quentin Skinner( Book )

113 editions published between 1980 and 2020 in 10 languages and held by 2,500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Niccolo Machiavelli taught that political leaders must be prepared to do evil that good may come of it, and his name has been a byword ever since for duplicity and immorality. Is his sinister reputation deserved? In answering this question Quentin Skinner focuses on three major works, "The Prince", "the Discourses", and "The History of Florence", and distils from them an introduction to Machiavelli's doctrines of exemplary clarity
The Return of grand theory in the human sciences by Quentin Skinner( )

80 editions published between 1985 and 2006 in 6 languages and held by 2,466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: This is a volume of new essays introducing the most influential developments in social and political theory over the last thirty years. In that period empiricism and the positivist ideal of the unification of science have been undermined and transformed by the impact of different, frequently Continental, traditions of thought. The introduction charts these charges and each of the contributors provides a brief and lucid account of the thought of one major figure or school which have helped to bring about these changes. Those discussed include Althusser, Derrida, Foucault, Gadamer, Habermas, Kuhn, Levi-Strauss, Rawls and the Annales historians. Each essay has suggestions for further reading and a useful general bibliography is provided at the end of the volume
Freedom and the construction of Europe : religious and constitutional liberties( )

34 editions published between 2013 and 2020 in English and held by 1,859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Freedom, today perceived simply as a human right, was a continually contested idea in the early modern period. In Freedom and the Construction of Europe an international group of scholars explore the richness, diversity and complexity of thinking about freedom in the shaping of modernity. Volume 1 examines debates about religious and constitutional liberties, as well as exploring the tensions between free will and divine omnipotence across a continent of proliferating religious denominations. Debates about freedom have been fundamental to the construction of modern Europe, but represent a part
The foundations of modern political thought by Quentin Skinner( Book )

83 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,808 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A two-volume study of political thought from the late thirteenth to the end of the sixteenth century, the decisive period of transition from medieval to modern political theory. The work is intended to be both an introduction to the period for students, and a presentation and justification of a particular approach to the interpretation of historical texts. Volume One deals with the Renaissance, Volume Two with the Age of Reformation. Quentin Skinner gives an outline account of all the principal texts of the period, discussing in turn the chief political writings of Dante, Marsiglio, Bartolus, Machiavelli, Erasmus and more, Luther and Calvin, Bodin and the Calvinist revolutionaries. But he also examines a very large number of lesser writers in order to explain the general social and intellectual context in which these leading theorists worked. He thus presents the history not as a procession of 'classic texts' but are more readily intelligible. He traces by this means the gradual emergence of the vocabulary of modern political thought, and in particular the crucial concept of the State. -- Publisher description
A dialogue between a philosopher and a student of the common laws of England by Thomas Hobbes( )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a critique of common law by a great philosopher, this text should be of interest to anyone studying English political thought or legal theory
Visions of politics by Quentin Skinner( )

38 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 1,623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second of three volumes of essays by Quentin Skinner, one of the world's leading intellectual historians. This collection includes some of his most important essays on the political thought of the Italian renaissance, each of which has been carefully revised for publication in this form. All of Professor Skinner's work is characterised by philosophical power, limpid clarity, and elegance of exposition; these essays, many of which are now recognised classics, provide a fascinating and convenient digest of the development of his thought. Professor Skinner has been awarded the Balzan Prize Life Time Achievement Award for Political Thought, History and Theory. Full details of this award can be found at
Liberty before liberalism by Quentin Skinner( )

64 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 1,494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This extended essay by one of the world's leading historians seeks, in its first part, to excavate, and to vindicate, the neo-Roman theory of free citizens and free states as it developed in early-modern Britain. This analysis leads on to a powerful defence of the nature, purposes and goals of intellectual history and the history of ideas. As Quentin Skinner says, 'the intellectual historian can help us to appreciate how far the values embodied in our present way of life, and our present ways of thinking about those values, reflect a series of choices made at different times between different possible worlds'. This essay thus provides one of the most substantial statements yet made about the importance, relevance and potential excitement of this form of historical enquiry. Liberty before Liberalism is based on Quentin Skinner's Inaugural Lecture as Regius Professor of Modern History in the University of Cambridge, delivered in November 1997. Professor Skinner has been awarded the Balzan Prize Life Time Achievement Award for Political Thought, History and Theory. Full details of this award can be found at
The Cambridge history of Renaissance philosophy( Book )

45 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and Multiple languages and held by 1,303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy offers a balanced and comprehensive account of philosophical thought from the middle of the fourteenth century to the emergence of modern philosophy at the turn of the seventeenth century. The Renaissance has, of course, attracted much scholarly attention for over a century, but the philosophy of the period was, to begin with, relatively neglected, and this is the first volume in English to synthesise for a wider readership that substantial and sophisticated research now available. The Renaissance was, in fact, a time of intense, varied and in may ways distinctive philosophical activity which deserves to be at least as well known as the philosophy of the Middle Ages
Forensic Shakespeare by Quentin Skinner( )

16 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and held by 1,192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare and Judicial Rhetoric illustrates Shakespeare's creative processes by revealing some of the intellectual materials out of which some of his most famous works were composed. Focusing on the narrative poem Lucrece, on four of his late Elizabethan plays -- Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar and Hamlet -- and on three early Jacobean dramas, Othello, Measure for Measure and All's Well That Ends Well, Quentin Skinner argues that there are major speeches, and sometimes sequences of scenes, that are crafted according to a set of rhetorical precepts about how to develop a persuasive judicial case, either in accusation or defence. Some of these works have traditionally been grouped together as "problem plays," but here Skinner offers a different explanation for their frequent similarities of tone. There have been many studies of Shakespeare's rhetoric, but they have generally concentrated on his wordplay and use of figures and tropes. By contrast, this study concentrates on Shakespeare's use of judicial rhetoric as a method of argument. By approaching the plays from this perspective, Skinner is able to account for some distinctive features of Shakespeare's vocabulary, and also help to explain why certain scenes follow a recurrent pattern and arrangement. --
Philosophy in history : essays on the historiography of philosophy by Richard Rorty( Book )

38 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sixteen essays in this volume confront the current debate about the relationship between philosophy and its history. On the one hand intellectual historians commonly accuse philosophers of writing bad - anachronistic - history of philosophy, and on the other, philosophers have accused intellectual historians of writing bad - antiquarian - history of philosophy. The essays here address this controversy and ask what purpose the history of philosophy should serve. Part I contains more purely theoretical and methodological discussion, of such questions as whether there are 'timeless' philosophical problems, whether the issues of one epoch are commensurable with those of another, and what style is appropriate to the historiography of the subject. The essays in Part II consider a number of case-histories. They present important revisionist scholarship and original contributions on topics drawn from ancient, early modern and more recent philosophy. All the essays have been specially commissioned, and the contributors include many of the leading figures in the field. The volume as a whole will be of vital interest to everyone concerned with the study of philosophy and of its history
Sovereignty in fragments : the past, present and future of a contested concept by Hent Kalmo( )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The political make-up of the contemporary world changes with such rapidity that few attempts have been made to consider with adequate care the nature and value of the concept of sovereignty. What exactly is meant when one speaks about the acquisition, preservation, infringement or loss of sovereignty? This book revisits the assumptions underlying the applications of this fundamental category, as well as studying the political discourses in which it has been embedded. Bringing together historians, constitutional lawyers, political philosophers and experts in international relations, Sovereignty in Fragments seeks to dispel the illusion that there is a unitary concept of sovereignty of which one could offer a clear definition. This book will appeal to scholars and advanced students of international relations, international law and the history of political thought"--
The prince and the discourses by Niccolò Machiavelli( Book )

55 editions published between 1988 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his introduction to this new translation by Russell Price, Professor Skinner presents a lucid analysis of Machiavelli's text as a response both to the world of Florentine politics, and as an attack on the advice-books for princes published by a number of his contemporaries. This new edition includes notes on the principal events in Machiavelli's life, and on the vocabulary of The Prince, as well as biographical notes on characters in the text
Families and states in Western Europe( )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of essays traces the relationship between families and states in the major countries of Western Europe since 1945, examining the power of states to shape family life and the capacity of families to influence states. Written by an exceptionally distinguished team of scholars, Families and States in Western Europe follows many narratives, allowing comparisons to be drawn between different countries. The essays point to numerous convergences, illustrating how states have coped with common problems arising at the level of family life, and exploring issues such as secularism, the pressure of multiculturalist demands and the growing rejection of welfare state principles. Families and States in Western Europe will be of interest to anyone analysing relations between civil society and the modern democratic state, and the place of the family within this relationship. This collection makes a significant contribution to current political theory and to our understanding of European family life in its many different forms"--
Reason and rhetoric in the philosophy of Hobbes by Quentin Skinner( Book )

34 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a new interpretation of Hobbes, one of the most difficult and challenging of political philosophers. Using the full range of manuscript as well as printed sources, it documents a new view of Hobbes's intellectual development
Machiavelli and republicanism by Niccolò Machiavelli( Book )

30 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in English and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now in paperback, this highly acclaimed volume brings together some of the world's foremost historians of ideas to consider Machiavelli's political thought in the larger context of the European republican tradition, and the image of Machiavelli held by other republicans. An international team of scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (notably law, philosophy, history and the history of political thought) explore both the immediate Florentine context in which Machiavelli wrote, and the republican legacy to which he contributed
Hobbes and republican liberty by Quentin Skinner( Book )

23 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hobbes and Republican Liberty is an extended essay that develops several of the theme announced by Quentin Skinner in his famous inaugural lecture on 'Liberty before Liberalism' of 1998. Cogent, engaged, accessible and indeed exhilarating, this new book will appeal to readers of history, politics and philosophy at all levels and provides an excellent introduction to the work of one of the most celebrated thinkers of our time."--Page 4 de la couverture
Milton and republicanism( Book )

19 editions published between 1979 and 2006 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing upon the expertise of both historians and literary critics, this volume examines the classical sources of Milton's republicanism, the genesis of that republicanism in the 1640s, its disappointment in the 1650s and its presence in his work (particularly in Paradise Lost) after the Restoration
Freedom and the construction of Europe( )

24 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An internationally distinguished team of contributors explore the richness, diversity and complexity of ideas about freedom across early modern Europe
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Visions of politics
Republicanism : a shared European heritageMachiavelli : a very short introductionThe Return of grand theory in the human sciencesFreedom and the construction of Europe : religious and constitutional libertiesThe foundations of modern political thoughtA dialogue between a philosopher and a student of the common laws of EnglandVisions of politicsLiberty before liberalism
Alternative Names
Quentin Skinner, 1940-

Quentin Skinner britischer Historiker und Politikwissenschaftler

Quentin Skinner britisk historiker

Quentin Skinner Brits filosoof

Quentin Skinner historiador britànic

Quentin Skinner historiador británico

Quentin Skinner historian britanik

Quentin Skinner historien et politologue britannique

Quentin Skinner storico britannico

Quentin Skinner Suurbritannia ajaloolane

Skinner, Q. R. D.

Skinner, Q. R. D. (Quentin R. D.)

Skinner, Q. R. D. (Quentin Robert Duthie)

Skinner Quentin Robert Duthie

Skinner, Quentin Robert Duthie 1940-

Κουέντιν Σκίνερ

Квентін Скіннер

Скиннер, Квентин

Скиннер, Квентин 1940-

קוונטין סקינר

קוונטין סקינר היסטוריון בריטי

كوينتن سكينر مؤرخ بريطاني

کوئنتین اسکینر تاریخ‌نگار و فیلسوف بریتانیایی

스키너, 켄틴

스키너, 켄틴 1940-

스키너, 퀜틴

스키너, 퀜틴 1940-

퀜틴 스키너


スキナー, クェンティン

スキナ-, クェンティン 1940-

スキナー, クエンティン