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By Emily R. Grosholz

ISBN-10: 0198242506

ISBN-13: 9780198242505

The Cartesian process, construed as a manner of organizing domain names of information in line with the "order of reasons," used to be a strong reductive device. Descartes made major strides in arithmetic, physics, and metaphysics through pertaining to convinced advanced goods and difficulties again to extra uncomplicated parts that served as beginning issues for his inquiries. yet his reductive technique additionally impoverished those domain names in very important methods, for it tended to limit geometry to the learn of hetero line segments, physics to the examine of ambiguously constituted bits of subject in movement, and metaphysics to the research of the remoted, incorporeal knower. This ebook examines intimately the adverse and confident effect of Descartes's approach on his medical and philosophical organisations, exemplified via the Geometry, the foundations, the Treatise of guy, and the Meditations.

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In this context, referendum is seen as ‘a means by which governments escape responsibility for a specific decision, by transferring it to the people’. In Western Europe, European Integration has been the common theme, which may be subsumed under this category. In addition to the one held in the UK, we may also mention the referendums in Norway (1973) and Finland (1994) in this context. With respect to the agenda function, governments tend to promise to hold a referendum in the future, in order to remove a divisive issue from the political and electoral agenda.

Morel (2007), pp. 1045–1050. 22 3 Sovereignty Referendums in the System of Politics certain objections in the standard parliamentary procedure. This mostly applies to minority governments where, in a parliamentary system, the executive does not control the majority of the parliament. For example, in Denmark, the minority government of the time used the referendum of 1986 for the approval of the Single European Act, right after it had been rejected by parliament. As to the legitimating function of referendums, it may be best observed in the case of France, where the political crisis that had emerged during the process of decolonisation could be overcome via referendums.

For example, during the electoral campaign in 1976, the Parti-Quebecois declared that it would submit the issue of Quebec’s secession to a referendum if it came to power. This was done in order to appeal to the part of the electorate who did not support the secession of Quebec. There is also a legislative aim in the use of referendums: the government calls a referendum on a piece of legislation, which might not be adopted or would meet 16 17 Bogdanor (1994), p. 38; Qvortrup (2005), p. 103. Morel (2007), pp.

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