Can the Study of Politics Be Scientific or Not?

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PL 115
ASSIGNMENT Q. 2
The aim of this essay is to discuss “Can the study of politics be scientific or not?” and I will give reasons for my arguments. It will be divided into three parts: the first part is the introduction, the second part discusses politics and science then the last part concludes the essay.
Keywords: Politics and Scientific

DEFINITIONS
Politics: There are various definitions of politics. i. Politics is the art of managing conflicts. Conflicts occur at different levels for example between two or more people, between communities and between countries that is when people compete for different positions and when we go to vote. ii. Politics can be understood as power and influence; that is it involves power,
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Refuting the Scientific character of Political Science Maitland: an eminent English writer- observes “when I see asset of examination questions headed by the words Political Science I regret the question but the title” F.W Maitland: collected paper volume 11. Buckle another famous author also observes that “In the present state of knowledge, politics so far from being a Science is the most backward of all the arts.” (Buckle: History of Civilization Vol. 1 pg. 361). While analysis this statement of buckle the following comment of Dr. Garner on this statement is worth noting to his book “Political Science and Government,” Dr. Garner writes, “Buckle, however, did not deny a possibility of a political Science what he lamented was that so little attention had been given to the study of the state that as a systematic branch of knowledge it was to crude and undeveloped to be considered a Science.” Dr. Garner: “Political Science and Government,” pg. 13. Of the same opinion is J.S mill who wrote in 1843, “it is accordingly but of yesterday that a concept of political Science has existed anywhere but in the mind of, here and there, an isolated thinker, generally very ill-prepared of the realization.” J. S Mill: “System of logic,” pg. 547. The German scholars have gone to the extent of adopting analytical methods in order to give this subject the
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