HomeAsia-Pacific Social Science Reviewvol. 9 no. 2 (2009)

The State of the Epistemology of the State

Jiah L. Sayson | Rhoderick John S. Abellanosa

Discipline: Philosophy, Political Philosophy



That there is science in politics, if not known with certitude, is written. Political science is the science of the state, which includes the organization and functions of the state, and their relations to one another. This science is distinguished from other "political sciences", such as law and economics that deal not only with man's political life or relationship with the state, but also with other relations as in the market and family. Science here aims at discovery of truth; and the methodology primarily is comparison, where scientists classify, re-classify, come up with definite groups and categorizations, and hope to discover deeper meanings of political phenomena (Smith, 1886, pp. 2-3). The first truth in this definition of political science is the privileged position of the state in man's political life . . . but not for long.