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  1. Meaning and Understanding in the History of Ideas.Quentin Skinner - 1969 - History and Theory 8 (1):3-53.
    Emphasis on autonomy of texts presupposes that there are perennial concepts. But researchers' expectations may turn history into mythology of ideas; researchers forget that an agent cannot be described as doing something he could not understand as a description, and that thinking may be inconsistent. They will never uncover voluntary oblique strategies and by treating ideas as units will confuse sentences with statements. On the other hand, a contextual approach to the meaning of texts dismisses ideas as unimportant effects. Neither (...)
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  2. Liberty before Liberalism.Quentin Skinner - 2001 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 63 (1):172-175.
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    Visions of Politics: Volume 2, Renaissance Virtues.Quentin Skinner - 2002 - Cambridge University Press.
    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 (...)
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    Hobbes and Republican Liberty.Quentin Skinner - 2008 - Cambridge University Press.
    Cogent, engaged, accessible, and indeed exhilarating, this new book will appeal to readers of history, politics, and philosophy at all levels from upper-undergraduate upwards, and provides an excellent introduction to the work of one of the ...
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  5. Philosophy in History: Essays on the Historiography of Philosophy.Richard Rorty, J. B. Schneewind & Quentin Skinner (eds.) - 1984 - Cambridge University Press.
    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 (...)
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  6. Freedom as the Absence of Arbitrary Power.Quentin Skinner - 2008 - In Cécile Laborde & John W. Maynor (eds.), Republicanism and Political Theory. Blackwell. pp. 83--101.
     
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  7. Hobbes and Republican Liberty.Quentin Skinner & Samantha Frost - 2009 - Political Theory 37 (5):694-705.
  8. A Genealogy of the Modern State.Quentin Skinner - 2009 - In Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 162, 2008 Lectures. pp. 325.
    This lecture presents the text of the speech about the genealogy of the modern state delivered by the author at the 2008 British Academy Lecture. It explains that to investigate the genealogy of the state is to discover that there has never been any agreed concept to which the word state has answered. The lecture suggests that any moral or political term that has become so deeply enmeshed in so many ideological disputes over such a long period of time is (...)
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  9. On the Slogans of Republican Political Theory.Quentin Skinner - 2010 - European Journal of Political Theory 9 (1):95-102.
  10. Hobbes on Representation.Quentin Skinner - 2005 - European Journal of Philosophy 13 (2):155–184.
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    Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes.Quentin Skinner - 1996 - Cambridge University Press.
    This major new work from Quentin Skinner presents a fundamental reappraisal of the political theory of Hobbes. Using, for the first time, the full range of manuscript as well as printed sources, it documents an entirely new view of Hobbes 's intellectual development, and re-examines the shift from a humanist to a scientific culture in European moral and political thought. By examining Hobbes 's philosophy against the background of his humanist education, Professor Skinner rescues this most difficult and challenging of (...)
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    Some Problems in the Analysis of Political Thought and Action.Quentin Skinner - 1974 - Political Theory 2 (3):277-303.
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    From Humanism to Hobbes: Studies in Rhetoric and Politics.Quentin Skinner - 2018 - Cambridge University Press.
    The aim of this collection is to illustrate the pervasive influence of humanist rhetoric on early-modern literature and philosophy. The first half of the book focuses on the classical rules of judicial rhetoric. One chapter considers the place of these rules in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, while two others concentrate on the technique of rhetorical redescription, pointing to its use in Machiavelli's The Prince as well as in several of Shakespeare's plays, notably Coriolanus. The second half of the book (...)
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    Conventions and the Understanding of Speech Acts.Quentin Skinner - 1970 - Philosophical Quarterly 20 (79):118-138.
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  15. Who Are 'We'? Ambiguities of the Modern Self.Quentin Skinner - 1991 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 34 (2):133 – 153.
    This paper concentrates on three connected features of Taylor's argument. I begin by considering his historical sections on the formation of the modern identity, raising some doubts about the focus of his discussion and offering some specific criticisms in the case of Locke and Rousseau. Next I examine Taylor's list of the moral imperatives allegedly felt with particular force in the contemporary world. I question the extent to which the values listed by Taylor are genuinely shared, and point to a (...)
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  16. A Reply to My Critics.Quentin Skinner - 1988 - In James Tully (ed.), Meaning and Context: Quentin Skinner and His Critics. Polity Press. pp. 234.
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  17. Machiavelli and Republicanism.Gisela Bock, Quentin Skinner & Maurizio Viroli (eds.) - 1990 - Cambridge University Press.
    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.
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  18. The Return of Grand Theory in the Human Sciences.Quentin Skinner (ed.) - 1985 - Cambridge University Press.
    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 (...)
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  19. The Republican Ideal of Political Liberty.Quentin Skinner - 1990 - In Gisela Bock, Quentin Skinner & Maurizio Viroli (eds.), Machiavelli and Republicanism. Cambridge University Press. pp. 293--309.
     
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  20. On Performing and Explaining Linguistic Actions.Quentin Skinner - 1971 - Philosophical Quarterly 21 (82):1-21.
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    The Limits of Historical Explanations.Quentin Skinner - 1966 - Philosophy 41 (157):199 - 215.
    Although the literature on the logic of historical enquiry is already vast and still growing, it continues to polarise overwhelmingly around a single disputed point—whether historical explanations have their own logic, or whether every successful explanation must conform to the same deductive model. Recent discussion, moreover, has shown an increasing element of agreement—there has been a marked trend away from accepting any strictly positivist view of the matter. It will be argued here that both the traditional polarity and the recent (...)
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    The Liberties of the Ancients: A Roundtable with Kinch Hoekstra and Quentin Skinner.Quentin Skinner & Kinch Hoekstra - 2018 - History of European Ideas 44 (6):812-825.
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    III. Some Problems in the Analysis of Political Thought and Action.Quentin Skinner - 1974 - Political Theory 2 (3):277-303.
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    Popular Sovereignty in Historical Perspective.Richard Bourke & Quentin Skinner (eds.) - 2016 - Cambridge University Press.
    This collaborative volume offers the first historical reconstruction of the concept of popular sovereignty from antiquity to the twentieth century. First formulated between the late sixteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries, the various early modern conceptions of the doctrine were heavily indebted to Roman reflection on forms of government and Athenian ideas of popular power. This study, edited by Richard Bourke and Quentin Skinner, traces successive transformations of the doctrine, rather than narrating a linear development. It examines critical moments in the career (...)
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  25. Machiavelli.Quentin Skinner - 1992 - In Great Political Thinkers. Oxford University Press.
    Niccolò Machiavelli taught that political leaders must be prepared to do evil deeds in order to ensure the general good of the state, and ever since his name has signified duplicity and immorality. But is his sinister reputation deserved? To answer this question, Quentin Skinner focuses on three of Machiavelli’s major works- The Prince , Discourses , and The History of Florence . His analyses and distillation of these texts provide an introduction of exemplary clarity to Machiavelli’s doctrines.
     
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  26. Quentin Skinner on Interpretation'.Quentin Skinner - 1988 - In James Tully (ed.), Meaning and Context: Quentin Skinner and His Critics. Polity Press. pp. 29--133.
     
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    Sovereignty in Fragments: The Past, Present and Future of a Contested Concept.Hent Kalmo & Quentin Skinner (eds.) - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
    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 (...)
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    Hobbes on Representation.Quentin Skinner - 2005 - European Journal of Philosophy 13 (2):155-184.
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    On the Liberty of the Ancients and the Moderns: A Reply to My Critics.Quentin Skinner - 2012 - Journal of the History of Ideas 73 (1):127-146.
  30. Machiavelli and the Pre-Humanist Idea of Freedom.Quentin Skinner - 1990 - In Gisela Bock, Quentin Skinner & Maurizio Viroli (eds.), Machiavelli and Republicanism. Cambridge University Press.
     
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    Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes.Aaron Garrett & Quentin Skinner - 1999 - Philosophical Review 108 (2):288.
    In this important new book, Quentin Skinner shows us, with rare precision and eloquence, a world with which we are undoubtedly far less familiar than he, that of humanist rhetoric, and uses his deep knowledge of it to illuminate the recesses of a thinker with whom we feel we are all too familiar. In so doing he opens our eyes to different ways of thinking about early modern political philosophy and provides us with a Hobbes quite different from the one (...)
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    The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy.C. B. Schmitt, Quentin Skinner, Eckhard Kessler & Jill Kraye (eds.) - 1988 - Cambridge University Press.
    The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy, published in 1988, offers a balanced and comprehensive account of philosophical thought from the middle of the fourteenth century to the emergence of modern philosophy. This was the first volume in English to synthesise for a wider audience the substantial and sophisticated research now available. The volume is organised by branch of philosophy rather than by individual philosopher or school, and the intention has been to present the internal development of different aspects of the (...)
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  33. Introduction to The Return of Grand Theory in the Human Sciences.Quentin Skinner - 1985 - In The Return of Grand Theory in the Human Sciences. Cambridge University Press.
     
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  34. Ambrogio Lorenzetti: The Artist as Political Philosopher.Quentin Skinner - 1987 - In Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 72: 1986. pp. 1-56.
     
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  35. Hobbes and the Classical Theory of Laughter.Quentin Skinner - 2004 - In Tom Sorell & Luc Foisneau (eds.), Leviathan After 350 Years. Oxford University Press. pp. 139--166.
     
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    The Empirical Theorists of Democracy and Their Critics: A Plague on Both Their Houses.Quentin Skinner - 1973 - Political Theory 1 (3):287-306.
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    La Libertad de Las Repúblicas: ¿Un Tercer Concepto de Libertad?Quentin Skinner - 2005 - Isegoría 33:19-49.
    En este artículo se quiere mostrar que hay un tercer concepto de libertad aparte de los dos descritos por Isaiah Berlin. Para llevar a cabo su propósito el autor realiza una reconstrucción histórica del concepto hobbesiano de libertad y del concepto de libertad al que éste se opuso. Se concluye señalando que, aunque el concepto de libertad como no interferencia pudo se un ideal valioso en el mundo occidental de la posguerra, hay otros conceptos de libertad que son igualmente valiosos (...)
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    Maquiavelo.Quentin Skinner - 1986 - Revista de filosofía (Chile) 27:172-174.
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    The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy.E. J. Ashworth, Charles B. Schmitt, Quentin Skinner, Eckhard Kessler & Jill Kraye - 1992 - Philosophical Review 101 (2):382.
  40. Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Buon Governo Frescoes: Two Old Questions, Two New Answers.Quentin Skinner - 1999 - Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 62:1-28.
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  41. Analysis of Political Thought and Action.Quentin Skinner - 1988 - In James Tully (ed.), Meaning and Context: Quentin Skinner and His Critics. Polity Press. pp. 117.
     
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  42. Political Philosophy.Quentin Skinner - 1988 - In Charles B. Schmitt, Quentin Skinner & Eckhard Kessler (eds.), The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 389--452.
     
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  43. Political Philosophy: The View From Cambridge.Quentin Skinner, Partha Dasgupta, Raymond Geuss, Melissa Lane, Peter Laslett, Onora O'Neill, W. G. Runciman & Andrew Kuper - 2002 - Journal of Political Philosophy 10 (1):1–19.
    This article reports on a conversation convened by Quentin Skinner at the invitation of the Editors of The Journal of Political Philosophy and held in Cambridge on 13 February 2001.
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  44. Thomas Hobbes: Rhetoric and the Construction of Morality.Quentin Skinner - 1991 - In Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 76 1990 Lectures and Memoirs. pp. 1-61.
     
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  45. Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction.Quentin Skinner - 2000 - Oxford University Press.
    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.
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    Reply.Quentin Skinner - 2009 - Hobbes Studies 22 (2):199-207.
    This Reply first defends the claim that the 'neo-Roman' writers I discuss in my book held shared views about the nature of liberty. They all believe that freedom is taken away not merely by acts of interference but also by relations of domination and dependence. I argue that this commitment leads them to treat diminutions of the security with which we enjoy our liberty as diminutions of liberty itself. I take Hobbes to be opposing this position when he defines freedom (...)
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    On Intellectual History and the History of Books.Quentin Skinner - 2005 - Contributions to the History of Concepts 1 (1):29-36.
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    Two Concepts of Citizenship.Quentin Skinner - 1993 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 55 (3):403 - 419.
    The classical theory of government and citizenship was conceived in terms of virtue and civic equality. Against this, Hobbes derived his individualistic and liberal view of citizenship from the model of the social contract, an idea that still prevails in contemporary theories of justice as fairness. Recent contractarian thought has been concerned to oppose the view that assigns priority to the welfare of groups over the rights and liberties of citizens. The author wants to question, however, whether this thought is (...)
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    Hobbes: The Amsterdam Debate.Quentin Skinner - 2001 - Georg Olms Verlag.
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    Un troisième concept de liberté au-delà d'Isaiah Berlin et du libéralisme anglais.Quentin Skinner - 2002 - Actuel Marx 32 (2):15-49.
    Isaiah Berlin, English Liberalism and a Third Concept of Liberty. Isaiah Berlin is celebrated for having defended the claim that there are two distinct concepts of liberty. According to the more familiar view, liberty is a « negative » concept. The presence of liberty is said to be marked, that is, by the absence of something, and specifically by the absence of inteference with an agent’s capacity to pursue some chosen end. According to Berlin, however, this concept stands in contrast (...)
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