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Lecture 1

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Political Science
Course Code
POL2108
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Sophie Bourgault

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January 6 , 2014 – Lecture 1 I. Ancient vs. Modern (a few differences) II. Two visions of politics/freedom?  ­liberal individualism ­civic republican • Political thought = history of ideas  • Themes: Fear (Machiavelli, Hobbes… will be a question/theme on exam),  Obedience (Good to obey, why do we obey, etc.), Happiness, Government,  Politics (why do we have politics?)  II) Why do we engage in politics, why do we have politics?  • Machiavelli’s famous for his bitter critique of the Catholic Church, he hides a lot  of things between the lines and only the smart ones are capable of seeing the  message. Religion is dangerous rubbish for politics. • Hobbe’s will try to ground political theory on what’s right here and individual  reason, instead of the word of God. Tries to use God and the Church and submits  those to the power of reason.  Politics: • How did Plato conceive of the morality/ethics vs. politics? What one is superior to  the other?   ▯Want good and just city, citizens should be good and virtuous, moral character  mattered a great deal to citizens. Machiavelli and Plato have different views on  morality and politics, almost opposite accounts.  Freedom:   • In the upcoming books, a lot of attention is focused on the individual: Individual  freedoms, rights, and economy.  • Individual rights and fr
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