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Brocker I 490
Theory/Easton: According to Easton, American political science in the early 1950s was dominated by two approaches, which he called "historicism" and "empiricism".
Historism/Historicism/Easton: focuses on a history of political ideas, each understood as an expression of its historical epoch.
EastonVsHistoricism: 1. Thus political theory is no longer an autonomous theory, but only a manifestation of a temporal epoch. 2. With this, no answers to the problems of the present can be given.
Empiricism/Easton: runs out in a collection of facts without foundation.
EastonVsEmpiricism: Accumulation of data as an end in itself, the theoretical peculiarity of which is not apparent. (1)
Brocker I 491
Theory/Easton: a theory must not regard its subject itself as a derived phenomenon (in Easton's case, politics).
1. David Easton, A Framework for Political Analysis, Englewood Cliffs, N. J. 1965, p. 17
Dieter Fuchs, “David Easton, A Systems Analysis of Political Life” in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018_____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
A Systems Analysis of Political Life New York 1965
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018
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