DEPARTMENT of POLITICAL SCIENCE and PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
EPISTEMOLOGY and METHODOLOGY in SOCIAL and POLITICAL CONTEXT Professor Dr. Örsan Ö. Akbulut
231 27 19
Course Objective. The course is designed to put forward the place of epistemology and methodology within social sciences and humanities, which are dominant explanatory types of social reality, in the context of the social/economic and political. This place will be determined both internally via the paradigms concerned and externally from the perspectives of critical theory and historical materialism. Methodological difference of this course is that, social sciences and humanities are not considered general abstract theories, but they are handled within the framework of the historical conditions from which they emerged. In this regard, general epistemology debate will be made on historical-economic ground. The place of epistemology will be analyzed historically in the context of social reality as a dependent variable of capitalist social reality (or formation). Furthermore, the place of the epistemology and methodology, will be problematised in the context of material bases (or substance) of the theory of science in Turkey.
Annotations to be submitted by biweekly with in-class discussions.
Ellen Meiksins Wood (1999), The Origin of Capitalism, Monthly Review Press.
Maurice Dobb (1947), Studies in the Development of Capitalism, International Publishers.
Ellen Meiksins Wood and Neal Wood (1997), A Trumpet of Sedition-Political Theory and the Rise of Capitalism-, New York University.
Thomas Hobbes (1969), The Elements of Law, Naturel and Politic, Barnes Noble.
John Locke (1990), Drafts for the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Clarendon Press.
Neal Wood (1983), The Politics of Locke's Philosophy: A Social Study of 'An Essay Concerning Human Understanding', University of California Press.
Neal Wood (1984), John Locke and Agrarian Capitalism, University of California Press.
Örsan Ö. Akbulut (2006), “Türkiye’de Kamu Yönetimi İncelemesini Tanımlayıcı Bir Kavram Önerisi: Ölçücülük-Ideametric”, Amme İdaresi Dergisi, Cilt 39, Sayı 4, Aralık.
Must Readings (9-10-11-12-13).
Ellen Meiksins Wood (1972), Mind and Politics-An Approach to the Meaning of Liberal and Socialist Indivudialism, University of California Press, Berkeley, [“The Epistemological Dimension: Subject and Object”, 19-46]
Larry Patriquin (ed.) (2012), The Ellen Meiksins Wood Reader, Brill, Leiden, [“Contrasting States: France vs. England”, p. 136-140, “Modernity vs. Capitalism: France vs. England”, p. 221-223]
Örsan Ö. Akbulut (2012), “Kapitalizmde Siyasetin Siyasal Halleri” Memleket Siyaset ve Yönetim (MSY),Cilt 7, Sayı 17, s. 178-199.
David Marsh and Paul Furlong (2002), “A Skin not a Sweater: Ontology and Epistemology in Political Science”, Theory and Methods in Political Science, Palgrave-MacMillan.
Ellen Meiksins Wood (1998), “The Agrarian Origins of Capitalism”, Monthly Review, July-August.
(Emergence or Construction of Positivism and Political Accumulation in France)