Political philosophy and empirical political science: From foes to friends

Avner De Shalit*

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Political science has been detached from philosophy in general and political philosophy in particular. The latter has also celebrated its purity. But should political philosophy cooperate with empirical political science? This article argues that since political philosophy is part of the study of politics, if it does not cooperate, political philosophy might lose its relevance, create a distorted notion of politics, and commit a methodological mistake. It is further argued that democratising political philosophy is the way to encourage such cooperation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)37-46
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Political Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2009


  • Democratisation
  • Method
  • Political philosophy
  • Political science


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