Overview - What is Science? The Comparative Method...

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What is Science? The Comparative Method Limitations Logic Valid and Invalid arguments Categorical syllogisms Drawing the major premises helps! Logic tells us something about how we interpret evidence! Falsifiability Tautology
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What is Politics? Game Theory Strategic situation A strategy Nash/subgame perfect Nash equilibrium Payoffs Extensive form games Choice nodes, terminal nodes, initial nodes, game tree Backwards induction
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Origins of the Modern State The definition of a State Contractarian view of the State The state of nature, Hobbes The state of nature game Payoff matrix Preference ordering Best reply Social Contract Predatory view of the State Focus on state vs. individual States arise out of a ‘state of nature’ among rulers/states
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Democracy How do we classify democracies/dictatorships? We use measures
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