Google full text of our books:


The Terms of Political Discourse.
William E. Connolly
With a new preface by the author

Winner of the 1999 Benjamin Evans Lippincott Award, American Political Science Association

Paperback | 1993 | $47.95 | ISBN: 9780691022239
272 pp. | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Add to Shopping Cart


William Connolly presents a lucid and concise defense of the thesis of "essentially contested concepts" that can well be read as a general introduction to political theory, as well as for its challenge to the prevailing understanding of political discourse. In Connolly's view, the language of politics is not a neutral medium that conveys ideas independently formed but an institutionalized structure of meanings that channels political thought and action in certain directions. In the new preface he pursues the implications of this perspective for a distinctive conception of ethics and democracy.


"Connolly's arguments present a profound challenge to the link between political science and positivism, call into question our "objective' understanding of American institutional life, and give us the beginnings of important new epistemological bases of understanding."--Cecil L. Eubanks, The Journal of Politics

Another Princeton book authored or coauthored by William E. Connolly:

Subject Area:

Paperback: For sale only in the United States and Canada

Shopping Cart:

***Paperback: For sale only in the United States and Canada

  • For hardcover/paperback orders in United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

 Paperback : $47.95 ISBN: 9780691022239

Add to shopping cart
View contents of your shopping cart

Prices subject to change without notice

File created: 7/11/2017

Questions and comments to:
Princeton University Press

New Book E-mails
New In Print
PUP Blog
Princeton APPS
Sample Chapters
Princeton Legacy Library
Exam/Desk Copy
Recent Awards
Princeton Shorts
Freshman Reading
PUP Europe
About Us
Contact Us
PUP Home

Bookmark and Share 
Send me emails
about new books in:
Political Science And International Relations
More Choices