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POL101 Lecture 1

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Department
Political Science
Course Code
POL101Y1
Professor
Jeffrey Kopstein

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September 13th
September-13-10
12:01 PM
Fukuyama vs. Huntingdon
Prof. Kopstein and Prof. Wong
The End of History? - Fukuyama and Hegelianism
"man is by nature a political animal" - Aristotle.
BIG THEMES OF THE CLASS:
Democracy
Dictatorship
War
Peace
The point of social science is to try to make sense of the world we are living in. We make
sense of it by simplifying it, by focusing on what matters and ignoring what doesn't.
Is the world becoming more democratic and more peaceful?
Francis Fukuyama - scholar phd, whilst George Bush Sr wanted him to be the
policy planner for the US
Summer 1989 - communism starts to crumble, the Berlin Wall falls, the world had
previously been divided
Friedrich Hegel - 1770-1831 - "what is history?" important philosopher
History of Human Consciousness:
History of philosophy
Is the history of people aka kings, queens, celebrities etc important?..... No
A war is really a clash of ideas not just people dying
Industry, economy, religion - all mask what is really happening "material
manifestation"
Ideas and the organization of human society
Huge ideas organize human society
Ancient society
Medieval society
Liberal democratic state
Eg. Markets, liberalism etc
Hegel and the Liberal State
Hegel and the Battle of Jena; victory of "liberty, equality and fraternity" - physically
a valley
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September 13th September-13-10 12:01 PM Fukuyama vs. Huntingdon Prof. Kopstein and Prof. Wong The End of History? - Fukuyama and Hegelianism man is by nature a political animal - Aristotle. BIG THEMES OF THE CLASS: Democracy Dictatorship War Peace The point of social science is to try to make sense of the world we are living in. We make sense of it by simplifying it, by focusing on what matters and ignoring what doesnt. Is the world becoming more democratic and more peaceful? Francis Fukuyama - scholar phd, whilst George Bush Sr wanted him to be the policy planner for the US Summer 1989 - communism starts to crumble, the Berlin Wall falls, the world had previously been divided Frie
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