Performing Political Theory

Pedagogy in Modern Political Theory

  • John Uhr

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 119-121

About this book


This book examines the performative role of influential thinkers in the history of modern Western political thought. The case studies examine influential political philosophers who saw their writing role ‘performatively’, as an exercise in pedagogy designed to generate a new type of political following among their readers.

Uhr draws on neglected or forgotten lessons on performative writing from past masters of literary criticism like Lord Shaftesbury, R. G. Collingwood and John Dewey, all of whom can help those now teaching the history of modern political thought to enable students to learn the performance of politics acted out by modernising thinkers capable of writing in ways similar to Machiavelli, Mill and Nietzsche.

John Uhr is Professor of Political Science at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.  


writing political theory performative politics modern political education political theory history of modern political thought rhetorics of writing political theory theories of modern liberalism theories of the modern state learning political theory teaching students to read texts in political theory

Authors and affiliations

  • John Uhr
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Politics and International RelationsAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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