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Evolution and MoralityNOMOS LII$
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James E. Fleming and Sanford Levinson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814771228

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814771228.001.0001

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Biopolitical Science

Biopolitical Science

(p.221) 8 Biopolitical Science
Evolution and Morality

Larry Arnhart

NYU Press

This chapter presents a theoretical framework for a biopolitical science that resolves some of the defects in contemporary political science. Critics of the contemporary state of political science have identified at least seven deficiencies—deficiencies that come from downplaying the importance in political science of history, morality, judgment, emotion, religion, ambition, and liberal education. The fundamental framework for biopolitical science is the theoretical analysis of political behavior as conforming to a nested hierarchy of three levels of deep history—the universal history of species, the cultural history of the group, and the individual history of animals within the group. To fully comprehend the human nature of politics, one must understand the unity of political universals, the diversity of political cultures, and the individuality of political judgments.

Keywords:   biopolitical science, contemporary political science, political behavior, political universals, political cultures, political judgments

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