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Methods in Normative Political Theory

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  • Thu 11 May 2017 10.30 - 18.00
  • Fri 12 May 2017 09.30 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2017-05-11 10:30 2017-05-12 18:00 Europe/Paris Methods in Normative Political Theory

Issues of methodology have long been a neglected part of normative political theory, but are now being paid increasing attention. What kinds of questions should we ask in political theory and how should we address these questions? What are the criteria for good normative analysis in political theory? To what extent are diverging substantive conclusions determined by different methods of theorising? In this workshop, we will discuss such questions by focusing on three of the most prominent topics in this field, namely the role of conceptual analysis, the distinction between ‘ideal’ and ‘non-ideal’ or ‘realist’ theory, and the relevance of intellectual history for contemporary normative theory.

In focusing on these topics, we are specifically interested in the links between normative theory and empirical research. What can normative theory contribute to empirical research, for example through rigorous analysis of those concepts which are also the main focus of political scientists? Conversely, what can empirical research tell us about the feasibility constraints which should guide normative theorising? Furthermore, the workshop should also be of interest to law researchers with normative elements in their research and intellectual historians.

Seminar Room 3, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 3, Badia Fiesolana

Issues of methodology have long been a neglected part of normative political theory, but are now being paid increasing attention. What kinds of questions should we ask in political theory and how should we address these questions? What are the criteria for good normative analysis in political theory? To what extent are diverging substantive conclusions determined by different methods of theorising? In this workshop, we will discuss such questions by focusing on three of the most prominent topics in this field, namely the role of conceptual analysis, the distinction between ‘ideal’ and ‘non-ideal’ or ‘realist’ theory, and the relevance of intellectual history for contemporary normative theory.

In focusing on these topics, we are specifically interested in the links between normative theory and empirical research. What can normative theory contribute to empirical research, for example through rigorous analysis of those concepts which are also the main focus of political scientists? Conversely, what can empirical research tell us about the feasibility constraints which should guide normative theorising? Furthermore, the workshop should also be of interest to law researchers with normative elements in their research and intellectual historians.


Location:
Seminar Room 3, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Max Weber Programme

Type:
Workshop

Organiser:
Prof. Rainer Bauböck (RSCAS - Global Governance Programme)

Speaker:
Prof. Andrew Mason (University of Warwick)
Prof. Ian Carter (University of Pavia)
Prof. Mark Philp (Warwick University)

Contact:
Monika Rzemieniecka (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

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