Foundations of Science

, Volume 16, Issue 2–3, pp 161–171

In-Between Science and Politics


DOI: 10.1007/s10699-010-9195-6

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François, K. Found Sci (2011) 16: 161. doi:10.1007/s10699-010-9195-6


This paper gives a philosophical outline of the initial foundations of politics as presented in the work of Plato and argues why this traditional philosophical approach can no longer serve as the foundation of politics. The argumentation is mainly based on the work of Latour (1993, 1997, 1999a, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008) and consists of five parts. In the first section I elaborate on the initial categorization of politics and science as represented by Plato in his Republic. In the second section I discuss the gap between humans and non-humans and how they are tied together in actual real life political topics. In the third section I elaborate on the concepts of political and scientific discourse and how they are thought of as separated fields based on the ancient constitution of human society. In the fourth section I link the concepts of matter of fact and matter of concern. In a final section I present a redefinition of the nature of politics as represented in the work of Bruno Latour as an alternative foundation for the study of political systems.


Latour Matters of fact Matters of concern Politics Science 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Sciences (CLWF), Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Art and PhilosophyFree University of Brussels (VUB)BrusselsBelgium

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