The Necessity of a Non-Reductionist Science of Politics

@article{Skillen2010TheNO,
  title={The Necessity of a Non-Reductionist Science of Politics},
  author={James W. Skillen},
  journal={Axiomathes},
  year={2010},
  volume={20},
  pages={95-106}
}
  • J. Skillen
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Political Science
  • Axiomathes
The major tendency within the discipline of political science has been to try to achieve a science modeled on the natural sciences and mathematics, following the pattern of other social sciences. This tendency has led to many reductionistic efforts to explain political behavior in terms of one or more functions, such as power, linguistic, psychical, or the economic. The institutional community of government and citizens—the political community or state—is thus overlooked or reduced to one or… 
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