September 19-20, 2012- How do we study politics.docx

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Published on 14 Apr 2013
School
Queen's University
Department
Political Studies
Course
POLS 110
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?
Can lead in inappropriate conclusions.
Congenial truth: A belief we have that reinforces our existing
prejudices.
Theoretical approaches to politics
Normative
Positivist
Inductive: goes from specific (observation) to general.
Deductive: goes from general to the specific.
The power of models
A model is a representation of something.
It has certain characteristics which we generalize
Models tell us something about the world; are ways of organizing and
integrating facts.
Conclusion
Politics usually has a state centered focus
A more expansive definition sees the state as only one actor
Politics can be understood as a method, the study of government or more
broadly about power.
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The importance of ideas, concepts, values and facts. Ideas: idealist vs. materialist: a general form of a mental concept, attitude is negative or positive, platonic shadow: we only perceive reality from indicative reality; shadows on the wall, idea has to exist before the concept is created. Concepts: generalized idea of something: helps us impose meaning on the world to make sense of it, all concepts have a similar basis; they all share something, ways words are put together to have semantic meaning. Values: normative concepts: moral principles; what ought to be. Congenial truth: a belief we have that reinforces our existing prejudices. Deductive: goes from general to the specific. A model is a representation of something. Models tell us something about the world; are ways of organizing and. It has certain characteristics which we generalize integrating facts. Politics usually has a state centered focus. A more expansive definition sees the state as only one actor.

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