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1 Why Do we Study Politics? what's this all about?

2 To build a body of knowledge

3 What does it mean to Know Something? n Explain, Describe, Predict and Control n What are the sources of knowledge? u direct observation u reason u authority

4 direct observations n observe a sequence of events and see if it recurs in more than one instance. n law of gravity explains a lot, we have seen it happen often n Replicated events

5 Reason n Even if we haven’t seen a particular thing happen before (observation) it is logical that things will happen in a certain way

6 Authority n How do we know that Madison and the boys did their thing in 1787? n How do you know that we landed on the moon in 1968?

7 Which are the most reliable? n observation n reason n authority

8 what does this mean?

9 What is this?

10 Read This:

11 What is this?

12 How do we know that the sun rises each morning?

13 Why do we study politics n build body of knoweldge about the poltical world n explain, describe, predict, control

14 explain

15 describe

16 predict

17 control

18 Why do we study politics? n explain n describe n predict n control


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