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Political Science
Jeffrey Kopstein

Political Science: September 9, 2013 Aristotle: “Man is by nature a political animal… he who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must a beat or a god” Big themes: o Democracy, Dictatorship, War and Peace o The point of social science  understand the world we live in o How do we make sense of it? o We do so by simplifying, by focusing on what matters and ignoring what doesn’t Democracy and War: o Is the world become more democratic and peaceful? o Summer 1989- Fall of Berlin Wall o Francis Fukuyama- Theorist o Viewed falling of wall as a momentous occasion (drew on views of Hegel) o Hegel- German theorist understood there was a structure to history -Human history is the history of understanding of the world History of Human Consciousness: o History of philosophy o Not kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers or celebrities: They steal ideas, big ideas o When wars occur  clash of the big ideas not the killing, that’s why people go to war o Industry, economy, religious practice are material manifestation what’s going on is the ideas that inform those practices Idea and the organization of human society: o Really big ideas organize human society o Ancient society o Medieval society o Liberal/Democratic ideas Hegel and Liberal State: o Final big idea o At the end of History  there is no more challenge o Found Liberal Democracy Fukuyama: o Hegel was right but he was off o Not 1806 but 1989 o Big challenges to liberal democracy had been defeated in realm of ideas  ideas are defeated  becomes more democratic Challengers: o Lead by fear and not conviction o Powerless idea o Not univers
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