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Michelangelo Trujillo Humanities and Social Science

Making Sense of Common Sense: Metaphor, Science, and Rationality in theThought of Hannah Arendt

Within political theory there is a debate over the compatibility of science with politics. Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault, amongst others, question the legitimacy of the social sciences in different ways, while, in contrast, those who support the role of science in politics argue that rational debate can be maximized through an of our capacity to hold language claims accountable to verifiable truth conditions. The purpose of my research is to ask if these views are incompatible by drawing on the work of George Lakoff and Mark Johnson and analyzing the conceptual metaphors common to both the pro- and anti- science views held within the field of political theory.

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies Field
Mentor: Kent Puckett, English
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