Summary political science
This was largely an introduction to the field with no real information that you should know for the exams.
Analytical political theory: study of concepts, ideas and values who are used to describe and explain = conceptualizing
Political theory: a combination of analytical, empirical and normative theories
Normative political theory: How politics should be
Normative political science: The use of theories about how politics should be
Describe and explain
How it should be
prescribing and evaluation
The Netherlands is a segmented but stable state.
The Netherlands is stable because it has a consensus democracy
Segmented states should become a consensus democracy
Consensus democracy is better for stability than a competitive democracy.
Lecture 3: ontology and epistemology
Discussion about how a closed and final a theory is
How do we look to reality and how do we cope with it
Philosophy of Science: philosophical research to assumptions, methods and results of scientific research.
Meta-theory: About the core of reality
Ontology: What is? What is knowable
Epistemology: What ought to be? How can we know?
Methodology: How can it
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