Political Philosophy And The Role It Plays Today

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WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT

What is Political Philosophy?

And the Role it Plays Today

Savannah Dye

9/17/2015

“Political philosophy” and “political theory” are versatile, yet relative terms. Ironically, the most unifying aspect of both definitions is their fluidity. One of the only things that theorists concur on is the purpose of a political theory, which is to incite change to a certain degree. The intention of political theorists and political philosophers alike is to unveil the deeper problems in our world, and to emphasize the importance of contemplation as a catalyst for rectification. George H. Sabine indirectly defines political philosophy as “a study of the nature and well-being of civic societies…” Sabine explains that a political theory is meant to have both logical and psychological effects, but shouldn’t necessarily have to apply to all societies. He implies that societies are clearly only malleable politically if they have an operating governing body. In his dissection of the logical portion of the theory, he describes a theory as having three parts. The first part “includes factual statements about the posture of affairs that gave rise to it (Sabine 5-6).” Essentially, the first part of a theory consists of factual statements that describe the reality of the situation that inspired the theorist to engage. If you are not up to speed on the specific occurrence that has served as the stimulus of the theorist’s reflection, the theory itself will seem…
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