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But, because of its dialectic nature, philosophical method assumes that all the contextual manifestations of a concept, like sovereignty, are essentially interrelated. Philosophical method suggests that concepts are already known to us at some level of sophistication, and our task, through dialectic analysis, is to refine our understanding of them and their inherent complexity as applied ideas. With a focus on refinement, philosophical method moves away from a concentration on the observable surface, to a search for the “essence” of a concept that transcends particular manifestations of its practice.

His philosophy is simultaneously normative and descriptive to this end, where these concepts overlap and are inherently interconnected within the conceptual logic of his greater philosophical system. His synthesized solution to the question of human nature and social order is based on the recognition that the moral or normative arises and changes, on a scale of forms, from the empirical interaction of human beings. From a twenty-first century standpoint, Hume is a “scientist” of human nature and social evolution.

Philosophical method suggests that concepts are already known to us at some level of sophistication, and our task, through dialectic analysis, is to refine our understanding of them and their inherent complexity as applied ideas. With a focus on refinement, philosophical method moves away from a concentration on the observable surface, to a search for the “essence” of a concept that transcends particular manifestations of its practice. This is the concept’s metaphysical essence, indigenous to the idea itself and revealed through the progressive philosophical analysis of its transcendent ideas.

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