Fall 1947 • Vol. IX No. 4 NonfictionOctober 1, 1947 |

On the Agenda of Political Theory (Post-War Stock-Taking IV)

An Ohioan is said to have boasted that there were more colleges in his State than on the whole European continent. In the same spirit one might observe that there are probably more political theorists in the United States than in all other nations combined. Inspection of the Directory of the American Political Science Association discloses the fact that over four hundred members list political theory as their chief concern or at least as one of their main interests. The disparity between the quantity of theorists and the quantity (to say nothing of the quality) of theory is striking. True, some of our scholars, notably C. H. McIlwain and George H. Sabine, have written excellent general histories of political theory; and others have produced competent, even brilliant, special studies. I thilnk of the late Carl Becker's Declaration of Independence, and of Ralph Barton Perry's Puritanism and Democracy. But with political theory itself it is quite otherwise. The older scholars who h

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