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Political Science
James Ingram

Political Theory 3VV3 January 17, 13 Plato (437-347 BCE)  Pericles represent the ideology of democracy  Pericles responding to Plato…  Important dates 404 and 399 (trial and execution of Socrates) and 380 (Plato’s republic)  Athens in the mean time has renewed its democratic dynamic, but it does not have as much power (and is still less democratic then before)  Plato’s ship reference: o People don’t believe that there is anything to know that they don’t know  Plato believes there is something to know about Politics (how an individual and society work) o When there is something wrong with you, you don’t consult the first 5 people you see, you go to one who studies this (physicians) … etc. o Athenians would populate the state with people selected at random o Politician in a democracy is someone good at winning elections  He tells a story how democracy comes from another regime and how it in turn gives rise to tyranny o The whole of the republic is considered an analogy o Its better be a just person than an unjust person (better to be good then bad) o It is a book about how you should live your life o The way Socrates goes at this is by building a city in speech  Explains that democracy is post … regime o Democracy in the ancient democracy  some elected some just posted  How did these people live? o Full of freedom and frankness o Features the greatest variety of human natures  Democracy is first characterized by Freedom and morality  Poor drive out their opponents (people who have stood in their way)  Democracy begins with courage o He describes this regime is attractive (the diversity makes it attractive) and on pg. 398 you can see a complete assortment of constitutions but this will
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