The Descriptive Method
It has been noted that any nation or its culture is known only when the complex postulate set which describes the covert or overt norms of its living and positive law is determined. Hence the descriptive method of philosophical anthropology and its practical politics must include deductive and theoretical as well as inductive operational and fact-finding procedures. In different nations and cultures the postulate sets are different. Also in some nations, as for example classical Buddhist Burma, its postulate set has been found 1 when checked by suitable operational tests to be composed only of concepts by intuition in the sense defined in Chapters 2 and 3. In other nations and civilizations, such as those under the significant influence of imageless mathematical physics and Stoic Roman contractual legal science, their postulate sets will be found to contain concepts by postulation which are concepts by intellection in epistemic correlation with concepts by intuition.
Operational definitions for testing whether one's descriptive method has designated the correct postulate set in describing any particular nation or culture are yet to be developed by cultural anthropologists. This book, for the most part, will not attempt to improve on present methods. Nor is such improvement immediately necessary, as the sequel will show. As suggested in the previous chapter, by interrogating its citizens or by reading the philosophical or other classics of any nation or political party and their positive legal constitutions and consciously expressed political policies, one can determine their respective philosophical assumptions to a first degree of approximation that is sufficient for most practical purposes.
Even so, one example of a more precise operational criterion for