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    Beyond the Two-Sciences Settlement: Giambattista Vico's Critique of the Nature–Politics Opposition.Laura Ephraim - 2013 - Political Theory 41 (5):0090591713492777.
    The Perestroika movement recently reopened longstanding debates about the scholarly and political implications of orienting political science research around a scientific ideal derived from the natural sciences. Many Perestroikans, like earlier critics of “naturalized” political science, turned to ontology, opposing the political world to the natural world to espouse what I call a two-sciences settlement: a separate-but-equal arrangement in which political science and natural science would each operate according to distinct methodological imperatives dictated by their distinctive objects. In this article, (...)
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    Everyone Poops: Consumer Virtues and Excretory Anxieties in Locke’s Theory of Property.Laura Ephraim - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (5):673-699.
    It is a problem that the environment is often seen and treated as a reservoir of resources awaiting human use. How did this outlook arise? This essay analyzes a formative moment in the constitution of the environment as a buffet of goods to be consumed: seventeenth-century efforts by agricultural improvers, including John Locke, to eradicate waste. Locke’s theory of property prohibits the wasteful spoilage of food and charges mankind with a responsibility to cultivate, incorporate, and thereby appropriate earth’s nonhuman eatables—what (...)
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  3. Who speaks for nature?: on the politics of science.Laura Ephraim - 2018 - Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
    Introduction. The Science Question in Political Theory -- Earth to Arendt -- Vico's World of Nature -- Descartes and Democracy -- Hobbes's Worldly Geometry of Politics -- Epilogue. Science and Politics at the End of the World.
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