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Lecture 1 - Intro to Course

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Daniel Kofman

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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 towards them. 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? Other questions: -Proper scope and limits of governance -Theoretical methods: contracts, first principles, human nature  There is a plurality of non-reducible
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