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Department
Political Science
Course
PO110
Professor
Christopher Anderson
Semester
Fall

Description
Concept “Concepts are to the students of politics what maps and compasses are to navigators.” Concept: 1. Something conceived in the mind: thought, notion 2. An abstract or generic idea generalized from specific instances Concepts can: - Help us to describe, understand, and explain political phenomena - Help us to not simply interpret the world but seek to change it - Hinder us by closing off avenues of investigation Walter Bryce Gallie’s Concerns: Dogmatism: sticking to what you believe and refusing to believe anyone else’s views. This is not true communication; nothing is taken away from the conversation. (I’m right and you’re wrong) Relativism: avoidance; t
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