Title

Placing Donald Winch's Wealth and Life in Context

Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

In this review essay I critically analyze Donald Winch's Wealth and Life (2009) by drawing upon the contextual approach to the history of idea that is associated with the Sussex School to which Winch belongs. In other words, I seek to contextualize the publication and thereby deploy the very contextual approach that is promoted by the members of the Sussex School to examine Winch's own work. A secondary goal of the review essay is to disentangle the various traditions that use the contextual approach to the history of ideas - ranging from the Oxford tradition in the history of philosophical ideas that is associated with R. G. Collingwood to the Cambridge tradition in the history of political ideas that is associated with Andrew Skinner - to determine whether or not there is anything singular about the tradition associated with the Sussex School.