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.
The idea and practice of civility, thus associated with the constitutive principle of the social and political bond, placed such practices at the heart of the process of constructing a national representation of the community of belonging.
Chevron deference is itself a constitutive principle defining
Despite renewed interest in the Schmittian problematic of the exception as the constitutive principle of the political, the full significance of Schmitt's political philosophy remains underestimated.
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.
One plausible constitutive principle concerns the fundamental kind of an object, where for instance your fundamental kind is the kind human being and the fundamental kind of New York is the kind city.
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.
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.
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.