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    Interpretive Social Science: An Anti-Naturalist Approach.Mark Bevir & Jason Blakely - 2018 - Oxford University Press.
    In this book Mark Bevir and Jason Blakely set out to make the most comprehensive case yet for an 'interpretive' or hermeneutic approach to the social sciences. Interpretive approaches are a major growth area in the social sciences today. This is because they offer a full-blown alternative to the behavioralism, institutionalism, rational choice, and other quasi-scientific approaches that dominate the study of human behavior. In addition to presenting a systematic case for interpretivism and a critique of scientism, Bevir and Blakely (...)
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    The Logic of the History of Ideas.Mark Bevir - 1999 - Cambridge University Press.
    This paper provides a short summary of Mark Bevir, The Logic of the History of Ideas (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999). Logic stands here as a subset of Wittgenstein’s notion of philosophy as a matter of the grammar of our concepts. It studies the forms of reasoning appropriate to a discipline, rather than the material of that discipline. Hence, the logic of the history of ideas considers the nature of meaning, the way we should justify our knowledge of past meanings, (...)
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  3. What is Genealogy?Mark Bevir - 2008 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 2 (3):263-275.
    This paper offers a theory of genealogy, explaining its rise in the nineteenth century, its epistemic commitments, its nature as critique, and its place in the work of Nietzsche and Foucault. The crux of the theory is recognition of genealogy as an expression of a radical historicism, rejecting both appeals to transcendental truths and principles of unity or progress in history, and embracing nominalism, contingency, and contestability. In this view, genealogies are committed to the truth of radical historicism and, perhaps (...)
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  4. Foucault and Critique.Mark Bevir - 1999 - Political Theory 27 (1):65-84.
  5. The Logic of the History of Ideas.Mark Bevir - 2001 - Mind 110 (437):163-168.
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  6. The Logic of the History of Ideas.Mark Bevir - 2000 - Philosophical Quarterly 50 (200):407-409.
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    John Rawls in Historical Context.Mark Bevir & Andrius Galisanka - 2012 - History of Political Thought 33 (4):701-725.
    The secondary literature on Rawls is vast, but little of it is historical. Relying on the archival materials he left to Harvard after his death, we look at the historical contexts that informed Rawls's understanding of political philosophy and the changes in his thinking up to A Theory of Justice. We argue that Rawls's classic work reveals positivist aspirations that were altered and frayed by various encounters with postanalytic naturalism. So, we begin in the 1940s, showing the influence of other (...)
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    Objectivity in History.Mark Bevir - 1994 - History and Theory 33 (3):328-344.
    Many philosophers have rejected the possibility of objective historical knowledge on the grounds that there is no given past against which to judge rival interpretations. Their reasons for doing so are valid. But this does not demonstrate that we must give up the concept of historical objectivity as such. The purpose of this paper is to define a concept of objectivity based on criteria of comparison, not on a given past. Objective interpretations are those which best meet rational criteria of (...)
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    Rethinking Governmentality: Towards Genealogies of Governance.Mark Bevir - 2010 - European Journal of Social Theory 13 (4):423-441.
    Foucault introduced the concept ‘governmentality’ to refer to the conduct of conduct, and especially the technologies that govern individuals. He adopted the concept after his shift from structuralist archaeology to historicist genealogy. But some commentators suggest governmentality remains entangled with structuralist themes. This article offers a resolutely genealogical theory of govermentality that: echoes Foucault on genealogy, critique, and technologies of power; suggests resolutions to problems in Foucault’s work; introduces concepts that are clearly historicist, not structuralist; and opens new areas of (...)
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    John Rawls in Light of the Archive: Introduction to the Symposium on the Rawls Papers.Mark Bevir - 2017 - Journal of the History of Ideas 78 (2):255-263.
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    The Contextual Approach.Mark Bevir - 2011 - In George Klosko (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Political Philosophy. Oxford University Press. pp. 11.
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    The Errors of Linguistic Contextualism.Mark Bevir - 1992 - History and Theory 31 (3):276-298.
    This article argues against both hard linguistic-contextualists who believe that paradigms give meaning to a text and soft linguistic-contextualists who believe that we can grasp authorial intentions only by locating them in a contemporaneous conventional context. Instead it is proposed that meanings come from intentions and that there can be no fixed way of recovering intentions. On these grounds the article concludes first that we can declare some understandings of texts to be unhistorical though not illegitimate, and second that good (...)
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    Interpreting the English School: History, Science and Philosophy.Mark Bevir & Ian Hall - 2020 - Journal of International Political Theory 16 (2):120-132.
    This article introduces the Special Issue on ‘Interpretivism and the English School of International Relations’. It distinguishes between what we term the interpretivist and structuralist wings of...
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    Histories of Analytic Political Philosophy.Mark Bevir - 2011 - History of European Ideas 37 (3):243-248.
    This paper sets out an agenda for the study of the history of analytic and post-analytic political philosophy. It builds on a growing literature on the history of analytic philosophy to make three main suggestions. First, analytic philosophy arose as part of a wider shift from the developmental historicism of the nineteenth century to more modernist modes of knowledge. Second, analytic philosophy included a wide range of approaches to moral and political issues, many of which reflected distinctive concepts of analysis, (...)
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    How to Be an Intentionalist.Mark Bevir - 2002 - History and Theory 41 (2):209–217.
    The general aim of this paper is to establish the plausibility of a postfoundational intentionalism. Its specific aim is to respond to criticisms of my work made by Vivienne Brown in a paper "On Some Problems with Weak Intentionalism for Intellectual History." Postfoundationalism is often associated with a new textualism according to which there is no outside to the text. In contrast, I suggest that postfoundationalists can legitimate our postulating intentions, actions, and other historical objects outside of the text. They (...)
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  16. On Tradition.Mark Bevir - 2000 - Humanitas 13 (2):28-53.
     
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    Situated Agency: A Postfoundational Alternative to Autonomy.Mark Bevir - 2017 - In Thomas Schwarz Wentzer, Martin Gustafsson & Kevin M. Cahill (eds.), Finite but Unbounded: New Approaches in Philosophical Anthropology. De Gruyter. pp. 47-66.
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    Historical Explanation, Folk Psychology, and Narrative.Mark Bevir - 2000 - Philosophical Explorations 3 (2):152 – 168.
    This paper argues that history differs from natural science in relying on folk psychology and so narrative explanations. In narratives, actions, beliefs, and pro-attitudes are joined by conditional and volitional connections. Conditional connections exist when beliefs and pro-attitudes pick up themes from one another Volitional connections exist when agents command themselves to do something having decided to do it because of a pro-attitude they hold. The paper defends the epistemic legitimacy of narratives by arguing we have legitimate grounds for postulating (...)
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    Naturalized Epistemology and/as Historicism: A Brief Introduction.Herman Paul & Mark Bevir - 2012 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 6 (3):299-303.
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    Begriffsgeschichte.Mark Bevir - 2000 - History and Theory 39 (2):273–284.
    The History of Political and Social Concepts: A Critical Introduction by Melvin Richter History of Concepts: Comparative Perspectives by Iain Hampsher-Monk; Karin Tilmans; Frank van Vree History and Theory.
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    Mind and Method in the History of Ideas.Mark Bevir - 1997 - History and Theory 36 (2):167–189.
    J. G. A. Pocock and Quentin Skinner have led a recent onslaught on the alleged "myth of coherence" in the history of ideas. But their criticisms depend on mistaken views of the nature of mind: respectively, a form of social constructionism, and a focus on illocutionary intentions at the expense of beliefs. An investigation of the coherence constraints that do operate on our ascriptions of belief shows historians should adopt a presumption of coherence, concern themselves with coherence, and proceed to (...)
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  22. Historical Understanding and the Human Sciences.Mark Bevir - 2007 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 1 (3):259-270.
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    In Opposition to the Raj: Annie Besant and the Dialectic of Empire.M. Bevir - 1998 - History of Political Thought 19 (1):61-77.
    When Annie Besant landed in India she disavowed all political intent, but she soon became a militant nationalist — the only Western woman ever elected President of Congress. This essay explains her entry into politics by tracing the way her secular and socialist heritage informed her intellectual challenge to the ruling discourse of the Raj. In Britain, her theosophy acted as an alternative religious discourse, combining aspects of a secularist critique of Christianity with a defence of Eastern religions. In India, (...)
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    Ernest Belfort Bax: Marxist, Idealist, and Positivist.Mark Bevir - 1993 - Journal of the History of Ideas 54 (1):119-135.
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    Roundtable on Political Epistemology.Scott Althaus, Mark Bevir, Jeffrey Friedman, Hélène Landemore, Rogers Smith & Susan Stokes - 2014 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 26 (1-2):1-32.
    On August 30, 2013, the American Political Science Association sponsored a roundtable on political epistemology as part of its annual meetings. Co-chairing the roundtable were Jeffrey Friedman, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin; and Hélène Landemore, Department of Political Science, Yale University. The other participants were Scott Althaus, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Mark Bevir, Department of Political Science, University of California at Berkeley; Rogers Smith, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania; and Susan (...)
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    What is a Deliberative System? A Tale of Two Ontologies.Mark Bevir & Kai Yui Samuel Chan - forthcoming - Sage Publications: European Journal of Political Theory.
    European Journal of Political Theory, Ahead of Print. Deliberative systems theorists have not explained what a deliberative system is. There are two problems here for deliberative systems theory: an empirical problem of boundaries and a normative problem of evaluation. We argue that an adequate response to these problems requires a clear ontology. The existing literature suggests two coherent but mutually exclusive ontologies. A functionalist ontology postulates self-sustaining deliberative systems with their own functional goals and logics independent of human intentionality. In (...)
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  27. Introduction: Histories of Postmodernism.Mark Bevir, Jill Hargis & Sara Rushing - 2007 - In Mark Bevir, Jill Hargis & Sara Rushing (eds.), Histories of Postmodernism. Routledge.
     
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    Historicism and Critique.Mark Bevir - 2015 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 45 (2):227-245.
    This paper argues that historicism can provide substantive philosophical grounds for critical theory and various modes of critique. Unlike the developmental historicism that dominated the nineteenth century, we start from a radical historicism tied to nominalism, contingency, and contestability. This radical historicism is compatible with a commitment to truth claims, including the truth of historicism and the truth of particular genealogies and other accounts of the world. Genealogy can be viewed as radical historicism in its critical guise, denaturalizing the ideas (...)
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    Mind and Method in the History of Ideas.Mark Bevir - 1997 - History and Theory 36 (2):167-189.
    J. G. A. Pocock and Quentin Skinner have led a recent onslaught on the alleged ”myth of coherence“ in the history of ideas. But their criticisms depend on mistaken views of the nature of mind: respectively, a form of social constructionism, and a focus on illocutionary intentions at the expense of beliefs. An investigation of the coherence constraints that do operate on our ascriptions of belief shows historians should adopt a presumption of coherence, concern themselves with coherence, and proceed to (...)
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    In Defence of Historicism.Mark Bevir - 2012 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 6 (1):111-114.
    Abstract This paper defends a historicist approach to the history of ideas. A historicist ontology implies that texts have meaning only for specific people, whether these be individual authors, particular readers, or the intersubjective beliefs of social groups. Texts do not have intrinsic meanings in themselves.
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    Review Symposium on New Labour: A Critique: Author's Introduction.Mark Bevir - 2006 - History of the Human Sciences 19 (1):89-92.
  32. H. M. Hyndman: A Rereading and a Reassessment.M. Bevir - 1991 - History of Political Thought 12 (1):125.
  33. Empathy, Rationality, and Explanation.Mark Bevir & Karsten Stueber - 2011 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 5 (2):147-162.
    This paper describes the historical background to contemporary discussions of empathy and rationality. It looks at the philosophy of mind and its implications for action explanation and the philosophy of history. In the nineteenth century, the concept of empathy became prominent within philosophical aesthetics, from where it was extended to describe the way we grasp other minds. This idea of empathy as a way of understanding others echoed through later accounts of historical understanding as involving re-enactment, noticeably that of R. (...)
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  34. Social Democracy and Social Science: Author’s Reply.Mark Bevir - 2006 - History of the Human Sciences 19 (1):113-120.
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    Encyclopedia of Political Theory: A - E.Mark Bevir (ed.) - 2010 - Sage Publications.
    This work is designed to serve as a reference source for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary political theory.
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  36. Notes Toward an Analysis of Conceptual Change.Mark Bevir - 2003 - Social Epistemology 17 (1):55 – 63.
    This paper analyses conceptual change. A rejection of pure experience has prompted philosophers of science to adopt a certain perspective from which to view changes of belief. Popper, Kuhn, and others have analysed conceptual change in terms of problems or anomalies, that is, in terms of contingent reasoning about issues posed in the context of an inherited web of belief. This paper explores a more general analysis of conceptual change in dialogue with these philosophers of science. Because changes of belief (...)
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  37. Constructing the Past: Review Symposium on Bevir's The Logic of the History of Ideas.Mark Bevir, Mark Erickson, Austin Harrington & Andreas Reckwitz - 2002 - History of the Human Sciences 15 (2):99-133.
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    Marxism and British Socialism.Mark Bevir - 1996 - The European Legacy 1 (2):545-549.
    (1996). Marxism and British socialism. The European Legacy: Vol. 1, Fourth International Conference of the International Society for the study of European Ideas, pp. 545-549.
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    Review: Begriffsgeschichte. [REVIEW]Mark Bevir - 2000 - History and Theory 39 (2):273-284.
    The History of Political and Social Concepts: A Critical Introduction by Melvin Richter History of Concepts: Comparative Perspectives by Iain Hampsher-Monk; Karin Tilmans; Frank van Vree History and Theory.
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    Narrative as a Form of Explanation.Mark Bevir - 2007 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 12 (11):163-168.
    Many scholars have argued that history embodies a different form of explanation than natural science. This paper provides an analysis of narrative conceived as the form of explanation appropriate to history. In narratives, actions, beliefs, and pro-attitudes are joined to one another by means of conditional and volitional connections. Conditional connections exist when beliefs and pro-attitudes pick up themes contained in one another, where the nature of such themes can be analysed by reference to the non-necessary and non-arbitrary nature of (...)
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  41. Contextualism: From Modernist Method to Post-Analytic Historicism?Mark Bevir - 2009 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 3 (3):211-224.
    This article provides a critical history of the Cambridge School of intellectual history. Laslett's work on Locke appeared to vindicate modernist historicism. Laslett shunned the broad narratives of romantic developmental historicists. He relied on bibliographies, unpublished manuscripts, and other evidence to establish atomized facts and thus textual interpretations. Pocock and Skinner's theories defended modernist historicism. They argued historians should situate texts in contexts and prove interpretations correct by using modernist methods to establish empirical facts. They attacked approaches that read authors (...)
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  42. The Philosophy of History: An Agenda.Frank Ankersmit, Mark Bevir, Paul Roth, Aviezer Tucker & Alison Wylie - 2007 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 1 (1):1-9.
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    Social Justice and Modern Capitalism: Historiographical Problems, Theoretical Perspectives.Mark Bevir & Frank Trentmann - 2001 - The European Legacy 6 (2):141-158.
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    Why Historical Distance is Not a Problem.Mark Bevir - 2011 - History and Theory 50 (4):24-37.
    ABSTRACTThis essay argues that concerns about historical distance arose along with modernist historicism, and they disappear with postfoundationalism. The developmental historicism of the nineteenth century appealed to narrative principles to establish continuity between past and present and to guide selections among facts. In the twentieth century, modernist historicists rejected such principles, thereby raising the specter of historical distance: that is, the distorting effects of the present on accounts of the past, the chasm between facts and narrative. The modernist problem became: (...)
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    Political Science After Foucault.Mark Bevir - 2011 - History of the Human Sciences 24 (4):81-96.
    This article concerns the relevance of postfoundationalism, including the ideas of Michel Foucault, for political science. The first half of the article distinguishes three forms of postfoundationalism, all of which draw some of their inspiration from Foucault. First, the governmentality literature draws on Marxist theories of social control, and then absorbs Foucault’s focus on power/knowledge. Second, the post-Marxists combine the formal linguistics of Saussure with a focus on hegemonic discourses. Third, some social humanists infuse Foucauldian themes into the New Left’s (...)
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    Esotericism and Modernity: An Encounter with Leo Strauss.Mark Bevir - 2007 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 1 (2):201-218.
    Strauss championed a philosophy of history according to which philosophers characteristically hide their actual beliefs when writing about ethics and politics. This paper begins by suggesting that an esoteric philosophy of history encourages a set of specific biases when writing histories of philosophy. Proponents of esotericism are liable to be far too ready to conclude that philosophers intended to hide their beliefs; they are likely to be insufficiently attuned to the varied contexts in which philosophers write; and they are likely (...)
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    Multiculturalism in Contemporary Britain: Policy, Law and Theory.Richard T. Ashcroft & Mark Bevir - 2018 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 21 (1):1-21.
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    What is a Deliberative System? A Tale of Two Ontologies.Mark Bevir & Kai Yui Samuel Chan - forthcoming - European Journal of Political Theory.
    Deliberative systems theorists have not explained what a deliberative system is. There are two problems here for deliberative systems theory: an empirical problem of boundaries (how to delineate th...
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  49. "Ideas in History.Mark Bevir - 2004 - History of the Human Sciences 17 (1):107-113.
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    The Unconscious in Social Explanation.Mark Bevir - 2004 - Philosophical Psychology 17 (2):181-207.
    The proper range and content of the unconscious in the human sciences should be established by reference to its conceptual relationship to the folk psychology that informs the standard form of explanation therein. A study of this relationship shows that human scientists should appeal to the unconscious only when the language of the conscious fails them, i.e. typically when they find a conflict between people's self-understanding and their actions. This study also shows that human scientists should adopt a broader concept (...)
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