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To a large extent I appreciate Thomas Varacalli’s review of my book “Towards a Science of States: their Evolution and Properties”. Most important, perhaps, is that we agree about the present crisis in the political science discipline, a crises which according to Varacalli consists in a conflict between empiricists and political philosophers about the soul of the discipline. And therefore,…

Towards a Science of States: Their Evolution and Properties. Erik Moberg. Moberg Publications, 2014.
 
The discipline of political science is in crisis.  Since the end of the Second World War, empiricists and political philosophers have battled for the soul of the discipline. The former group has clearly won most of the battles through force of arms, though political philosophy defiantly remains…

This is the seventh of a series of essays that will explore what prominent thinkers and philosophers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other administrative units that play multiple functions and roles in our society. This essay was originally published in Front Porch Republic on August 24, 2015.
 
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Technology 2 Science

The debate about scientism (also referred to as positivism or scientific reductionism) is an argument over the validity of applying the methods of the natural sciences to the social sciences. The desire of the positivist to purge the social sciences of its subjective element reveals his or her assumptions that reality consists only of immanent existence and that knowledge only…
Eric Voegelin

We have spoken metaphorically of the cancerous growth of the rational-utilitarian segment in modern civilization. We now must go beyond the metaphor and indicate the concrete sentiments and ideas that determine this growth in its formative stage.
The sudden and disproportionate expansion of one single element in a total structure at the expense of other elements presupposes a serious disturbance of…
Eric Voegelin

The loss of the concrete is substantially a spiritual disease. With the thinning out of faith into a reverential attitude toward symbols, the meaning of the symbols themselves is thinned out to propositions the truth of which has to be demonstrated by rea­son.
As a residuum of reality there remains only the structure and content of consciousness, that is, of a…
Voegelin Science Politics Gnosticism

A young lady with a nice voice happened to take a class with Barry Cooper where she put a playful spin on a serious presentation on Eric Voegelin’s book, Science, Politics, and Gnosticism. She explored Voegelin's ideas by changing the lyrics to a popular song, which, like so many aspects of our culture, has made its way to YouTube."
Here are…
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The Foundations of the Scientific Method
What we call the natural sciences emerged only in Western civilization which in turn was built on the experiences of Greek philosophy and Judeo-Christian revelation.
How did these experiences make possible the emergence of the experimental natural sciences?
It is possible to list three factors underlying modern scientific method. To undertake any scientific investigation we must:
(i) be…