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Difference Between Politics And Political Science

What is the difference between political science and politics?

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The term "political science" derives from the Greek word "polis" (plural: "poleis") which means "city state". In Greek philosophy, human affairs and the science of understanding them are divided into three categories, ethics, which studies the human as an individual, economics, which studies the individual household (from "oikos" or household, only later taking on the sense of finance), and politics, which approaches humans as they interact in larger social groups. 

The main distinction between the terms "politics" and "political science" is that the former refers to the actual process of how humans interact in groups and the latter the scientific study of the former. Aristotle, who is the origin of much of our terminology in this matter, defines humans as "political animals" meaning that we tend to form large social groupings but refers to the science of studying these groupings as "politikê epistêmê" (political science). 

Politics constitute an activity, e.g. "John's response to...

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