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Political Studies
POLS 110
Jonathan W Rose

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?
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