Gemerek for In painting the theoretical canvas with such broad strokes, however, few lasting impressions are made. The reader receives a smattering of information about a canon of figures, texts, and concepts for which he or she gains little appreciation. Often the reader ends up with a laundry list of definitions that are routinely memorized only to be soon forgotten. Such survey texts court the danger of undercutting what arguably should be their most important service: prompting the reader to engage in critical political thought. Rather than reproduce such efforts, this text explores the art and craft of political theory. To this end, the nature of politics and the nature of theory are discussed extensively. What it means to theorize, and to theorize well, is a central focus. Gemerek 2016.