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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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Arnhart’s Explanatory Pluralism

Arnhart’s Explanatory Pluralism

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(p.277) 10 Arnhart’s Explanatory Pluralism
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Evolution and Morality
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Richard A. Richards

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814771228.003.0010

This chapter further comments on Professor Arnhart's “Biopolitical Science.” It endorses both the substance and the method of Arnhart's biopolitical approach. The substance of his approach lies in its reliance on what one knows from science to understand human political behavior. The method of his approach is pluralistic and empirical. It is pluralistic in terms of the “explananda”—what is being explained—the political history of the species, the cultural political history, and the individual political history. It is also pluralistic in terms of the “explanans”—the causal factors employed in explanation. Finally, Arnhart's approach is empirical in that he advocates reliance on the observationally based methods of science.

Keywords:   biopolitical science, human political behavior, political history, explananda, explanans, science

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