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Political theory and theoretical physics

Gagnon, Jean-Paul (2010) Political theory and theoretical physics. Taiwan Journal of Democracy (臺灣民主季刊), 6(2), pp. 1-22.

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Abstract

This paper argues, 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 theory of ‘basic democracy’ 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 theory of ‘basic democracy’ may meet these same parameters, it could settle the debate concerning the definition of democracy. This will be argued firstly by discussing what the theory of ‘basic democracy’ is and why it differs from previous work; 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 theory of ‘basic democracy’ may match the parameters.

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ID Code: 38398
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: social science, political theory, physics, democracy, Einstein, Jean-Paul Gagnon
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHYSICAL SCIENCES (020000) > OTHER PHYSICAL SCIENCES (029900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (臺灣民主基金會)
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2010 07:55
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2013 14:25

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