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Political theory and theoretical physics [Revised]

Gagnon, Jean-Paul (2010) Political theory and theoretical physics [Revised]. [Working Paper] (Submitted (not yet accepted for publication))

Abstract

This paper explains, somewhat along a Simmelian line, that political theory may produce practical and universal theories like those developed in theoretical physics. The reasoning behind this paper is to show that the Element of Democracy Theory may be true by way of comparing it to Einstein’s Special Relativity – specifically concerning the parameters of symmetry, unification, simplicity, and utility. These parameters are what make a theory in physics as meeting them not only fits with current knowledge, but also produces paths towards testing (application). As the Element of Democracy Theory meets these same parameters, it could settle the debate concerning the definition of democracy. This will be shown firstly by discussing why no one has yet achieved a universal definition of democracy; secondly by explaining the parameters chosen (as in why these and not others confirm or scuttle theories); and thirdly by comparing how Special Relativity and the Element of Democracy match the parameters.

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ID Code: 33118
Item Type: Working Paper
Keywords: social science, political theory, physics, democracy, einstein
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Political Theory and Political Philosophy (160609)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Administrative Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Jean-Paul Gagnon
Deposited On: 14 Jul 2010 07:59
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2010 07:59

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