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The Artist in a Positivist Academy

Bridging the Artist-Scholar Divide

Ibanga B. Ikpe

, contemporary hyper-positivist philosophy could be cited as its intellectual foundation. Hyper-positivism, with the natural sciences as its model, has as its ‘ontological assumption that the world is orderly, lawful and therefore predictable’ ( Williams 2015: 24

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Political Theory and Political Science

Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Terence Ball

The too-often unhappy 'marriage' of political theory and political science has long been a source of anguish for both partners. Should this troubled partnership be dissolved? Or might this marriage yet be saved? Ball answers the former question negatively and the latter affirmatively. Playing the part of therapist instead of theorist, he selectively recounts a number of episodes which estranged the partners and strained the marriage. And yet, he concludes that the conflicts were in hindsight more constructive than destructive, benefiting both partners in heretofore unexpected ways and perhaps paving a path toward reconciliation and rapprochement.

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The Will of the People?

Carl Schmitt and Jean-Jacques Rousseau on a Key Question in Democratic Theory

Samuel Salzborn

positivism while proposing a process-oriented dynamic in the political sphere, one that could not be understood through a purely positivist analysis. In Schmitt’s analysis of political systems, more important than the positivist definition of norms is the

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Alexander Weiss

Shissler 2015 ). Renan gave a famous lecture on “Islam and Science” at the Sorbonne in which he turns his devotion to positivism against Islam by arguing that Islam provided inherent obstacles against any form of science and modernity. Al-Afghānī, an

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A Negative Theory of Justice

Towards a Critical Theory of Power Relations

Leonard Mazzone

these notions have been traditionally related, thought of, and recognised. Instead of conceiving of injustice in a derivative way as the transgression of some legal norm (legal positivism) or ideal principles of justice (ideal theories of justice