23 December 2008

Bernard Crick (1929 -2008)

Political theorist Bernard Crick has died. There is an obituary in The New York Times here, a notice at openDemocracy here, and a full handful of notices and appreciations in The Guardian here and here and here and here and here. Crick was a staunch democrat and a socialist. His best known works were In Defense of Politics (1962) and George Orwell: A Life (1980) both of which still bear reading. That is not bad in a time when the half-life of most output by political theorists can be measured in weeks. The titles also give a sense of Cricks own orientations - he was concerned with the central role of argument in politics.

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