- Buckland WW, 1949
Do purely intellectual arguments account for such a revolution in attitudes?
Are the issues that are argued over always the same?
It seems that a particular part of the theoretical enterprise, not necessarily that which is considered most fundamental, is treated in most later commentary as if it were the entire theoretical contributions.
Consistent misrepresentation of a jurist's ideas, where the misrepresentations are sufficiently widespread, assumes a proportion of myth.
Is he the victim of this kind of misrepresentation?
If we are to try to understand how political philosophy has developed and how its debates and disputes have been formed and conducted, the answers cannot be found entirely in the logic of philosophical arguments. They are in part at least, located in the wider context of ideas and activities in which theories are developed and evaluated.
The approach to understanding political philosophy is to understand the significance of substantive content of political debates about their nature. It argues, however, that that content is to be understood not as timeless but as a response to conditions and problems existing at particular historical moments in our socio-political development.