constitutive principle

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A constitutive principle of the Jamahiriya is the axiom, proclaimed in Gadhafi's Green Book (1975), that "representation is fraud" and that no formal political representation is to be allowed.
Chevron deference is itself a constitutive principle defining
United Church is an exception to the pattern developed so far, because rather than building social solidarity on the basis of shared ethnic or racial identity, it attempts, with some success, to make inclusiveness itself a constitutive principle.
Schneiders maintains that consecrated celibacy is a constitutive principle of religious life, affording religious contemplative immediacy to God.
It was in his 1928 essay "Cannibal Manifesto" that Oswald de Andrade first pointed to anthropophagy as the constitutive principle of Brazilian culture.
PS is intended to be a regulative and not a constitutive principle.
For it reveals that Kant continues to endorse his pre-critical argument, though he weakens its conclusion by positing God as merely a regulative rather than a constitutive principle.
Looking at towering intellectuals of the three centuries Edwards (1703-58), Melville (1819-91) and Du Bois (1868-1963), she explores the implications of the founding at junctures in US history when liberation and freedom surface as constitutive principles of the American nation and culture.
But emphasizing the reduction of social inequalities does not sit easily with America's profoundly individualistic ethos, and the attempt to "Europeanize" the nature of the social contract between the state and its citizens might yet crash against the constitutive principles of the American system.
According to Katz, Quine's empiricism suffers from what he calls the Revisability Paradox and is incoherent because its constitutive principles cannot themselves be rationally revised.
Third, the integrity of each dialectic is a function, not of one or other of the internally constitutive principles but of some third principle of "higher synthesis.
Let us posit a positivist--less relentless than the one we just imagined--who believes that if you want to know the constitutive principles on which a constitutional order is founded (and nothing else), you must look at it as an entrenchment formalist, and examine what provisions are explicitly entrenched in the constitutional document against subsequent amendment.