- Are you confused by academic jargon? - Do you know your `discourse' from your `dialectic'? - Can you tell the difference between `anomie' and `alienation'? The Social Science Jargon Buster tackles the most confusing concepts in the social sciences, brea


Core definition

There are two distinct meanings here. In philosophy, realism is the view that particular things exist independently of perception. In political science, realism stresses that a state's motivation is security, wealth and power, and not ethical ideals.

Longer explanation

Philosophical realism can be summed up by two questions. Question 1: If you destroyed every ...

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