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    The Enthusiasm of David Ricardo.Ryan Walter - 2018 - Modern Intellectual History 15 (2):381-409.
    Britons viewed speculative thinking as a primary cause of the French Revolution and the disorders that followed. In this context, Edmund Burke and others identified a form of enthusiasm that was theoretical, not religious, in nature, but which also corrupted reasoning to disastrous effect. This article investigates how this accusation was made against David Ricardo and his political economy, and the variable defences that he deployed. The result is to uncover the language that was used to appraise political economy in (...)
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    Iara Vigo de Lima's Foucault's Archaeology of Political Economy. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, 274pp. [REVIEW]Ryan Walter - 2012 - Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 5 (1):106.
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    Reconciling Foucault and Skinner on the State: The Primacy of Politics?Ryan Walter - 2008 - History of the Human Sciences 21 (3):94-114.
    Foucault and Skinner have each offered influential accounts of the emergence of the state as a defining element of modern political thought. Yet the two accounts have never been brought into dialogue; this non-encounter is made more interesting by the fact that Foucault's and Skinner's accounts are at odds with one another. There is therefore much to be gained by examining this divergence. In this article I attempt this task by first setting out the two accounts of the state, and (...)
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    Defending Political Theory After Burke: Stewart's Intellectual Disciplines and the Demotion of Practice.Ryan Walter - 2019 - Journal of the History of Ideas 80 (3):387-408.
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    Hobbes, Liberalism, and Political Technique.Ryan Walter - 2011 - The European Legacy 16 (1):53-69.
    Hobbes is commonly treated as a foundational figure for liberalism. This familiar view relies on emphasizing his account of the relationship between rights bearing individuals and state power. By contrast, this essay centers the practical question of how to govern, and develops this perspective to both question Hobbes's supposed liberalism and to demonstrate the utility of construing liberalism as more than a set of philosophical arguments regarding subject-state relations. In particular, understanding liberalism in terms of political technique offers a new (...)
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    Politics and Economics: Beyond the Contamination Thesis.Ryan Walter - 2011 - Contemporary Political Theory 10 (4):444-462.
    The relationship between politics and economic knowledge is contested. One general view claims that economics should be devoid of politics because of its corrupting effects, while another view posits the converse – that politics can be distorted by the impact of economic knowledge. Both views hold that the solution is to remove the influence of the one on the other. I construe these two broad views as variations on the same contamination thesis, the idea that politics and economics are separate (...)
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    Slingsby Bethel's Analysis of State Interests.Ryan Walter - 2015 - History of European Ideas 41 (4):489-506.
    SummarySeventeenth-century thinking on the relationship between trade and state power was routinely conducted using the concept of state interests, which enabled users to conceive a Europe of competing states that managed the balance of power through trade and war. Poor interest management could arise from ignorance, error, or the divergence between the private interests of rulers and a state's true interests. The stakes of pursuing or neglecting true interest were high: the survival and prosperity of the state. The dominance of (...)
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    The Bullion Controversy and the History of Political Thought: Experience, Innovation and Theory.Ryan Walter - 2019 - Intellectual History Review 29 (3):467-488.
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    The Economy and Pocock's Political Economy.Ryan Walter - 2008 - History of European Ideas 34 (3):334-344.
    In his histories of political discourse, Pocock has construed political economy as a prime site for hostile responses to the dilapidating effects of commerce on the virtue of citizens. In this paper, I dispute two aspects of Pocock's treatment of this terrain. The first is the criteria he uses to identify the constitution of political economy, which are vague and make no reference to the emergence of ‘the economy’ as a sphere distinct from the state. The second, and closely related (...)
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