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Political Science
Jeffrey Kopstein

POL101 Democracy, Dictatorship, War and Peace 12610 8:23 PM Th e End of History? Francis Fukuyamas Hegelian View : Professor Kopstein On the Nature of Politics : is by nature a political animal...and he who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god... - Aristotle, Politics Big Themes of Class - Democracy, Dictatorship, War and Peace Democracy and War - Francis Fukuyama : Scholar with a PhD in Political Science in the time of George Bush. - Summer 1989 - Communism starts to crumble, the Berlin wall falls. - Hegel: The Tiger Woods of philosophy. Hegel questioned What history was . The history of the world is the history of human consciousness. Ideas and the organization of human society -Ancient Society -Medieval Society -Really big ideas are those that organize human society -Liberal Democratic State Hegel and Liberal State - Hegel and the Battle of Jena against Napoleon : victory of liberty, equality and fraternity - Big ideas are what drive history Fukuyama -Hegel was right but he was a bit off. -Not 1806 but 1989 - Fascism and Communism as examples of dictatorship failed (Big challengers to liberal democracy failed). Challengers
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