Ser Scot A Ellison Posted November 5, 2022 Share Posted November 5, 2022 (edited) So, I’m reading a book by Barbara F. Walter called How Civil Wars Start. She is the Rohr Professor of International affairs at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. The book is an effort at an objective discussion about the factors involved in the origination of civil wars in modern societies and possible means of heading off such wars before they start. She talks about Yugoslavia, Rhodisia/Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Ethiopia, and South Africia while also addressing forces she sees pushing the US in that direction. In the course of the discussion she places great emphasis on things like “polity score” discussing how Nation-State move up and down this scale as they approach or retreat from Civil Wars. Here’s my question… the factors used in creating the “polity score” are subjective. They are based upon factors that are based in subjective perception. Hume criticized empiricism and inference because: Quote causality can not be real because in reality, only what we experience are the proceeding and succeeding events separately and not any causal relation between the two events Isn’t that fact only amplified in attempts in “social sciences” to create the perception of objectivity and quantitative analysis through the use of subjective factors laced together to create the impression of certainty? Or is this a bigger problem that exists in all attempts at objective analysis of anything? Discuss. Edited November 5, 2022 by Ser Scot A Ellison dog-days, Larry of the Lake and Secretary of Eumenes 2 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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