How do we study politics?
The importance of ideas, concepts, values and facts.
Ideas: idealist vs. materialist
o A general form of a mental concept.
o Attitude is negative or positive
o Platonic shadow: we only perceive reality from indicative reality;
shadows on the wall.
o Idea has to exist before the concept is created.
Concepts: Generalized idea of something
o Helps us impose meaning on the world to make sense of it.
o All concepts have a similar basis; they all share something.
o Ways words are put together to have semantic meaning.
Values: Normative concepts.
o Moral principles; what ought to be.
Facts: Things we know; data.
o What do we do with facts?