Jan. 7, 2014
Political theory vs. Political philosophy
• Normative theory vs. Explanatory theory
• How things are vs. How they ought to be
Primary questions – what is our relation to government – how they act and how should we act
1. Which values, principles and considerations?
-different people value different things – we end up with different systems of government
2. How should we rank them?
-Proper scope and limits of governance
-Theoretical methods: contracts, first principles, human nature
There is a plurality of non-reducible