🦋 I classify, therefore I know?

Knowing butterflies, knowing democracy

A butterfly is an empirical entity, whereas democracy is a contested concept

Democratic theorising and arbitrariness

Transforming arbitrariness?

But how does this database’s existence make research on democracy non-arbitrary? How does the magic work?

Are ‘democracy’s words’ always democratic?

Gagnon’s focus on words judges the book by its cover, and seems more arbitrary than the practice of theorising democracy based on ‘partial’ assumptions and categories



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