Thursday September 5 , 2013 Lecture #1
• Reading the text, listening to the authors and the great books approach. Trying to
understand the arguments as presented by the author. These authors are presenting their
opinions on these permanent problems.
• Political Action aims at preservation and change. Preservation is preventing change to the
worse from occurring. All political action also aiming at change is working to bring about
• The thought of the good guides are actions, and is expressed as opinion. Various opinions
of good and the good life lead us to question our own understanding of the good. We
have to arrive at an understanding of the good that is no longer opinion, but only fact.
Political Philosophy’s goal is to replace political opinion of the good with political
knowledge of the good. Political Philosophy does not live or die based on whether or not
it arrives at the endpoint, but rather the quest of learning about political philosophy.
• Political Philosophy implies that is a part of a large whole. Philosophy is the love of
wisdom. Political Philosophy is a branch of philosophy that deals with political manners
in a way that is relevant to political life. Quest for universal knowledge or knowledge of
• What is the good life? Science will tell us that it is subjective.
• Logical Positivism – Anything that can be answered with evidence must be discarded.
The only knowledge that counts is scientific knowledge because of its descriptive and
factual nature. Political Philosophy was declared dead because of its subjective nature.
• Historicism – All human thought is reducible (traced) to a certain historical period. The