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Department
Political Science
Course
POL101Y1
Professor
Jeffrey Kopstein
Semester
Fall

Description
Introduction September-10-12 12:00PM • Themestobecoveredthroughoutthecourse: • Politics-justice,collectivehumanendeavour,virtue,power,etc. • Aristotle-manispoliticalbynature(lookupquote) • Collectiveexistence-wehavetoengageinpolitics,they'reisnooption • BigThemes: • Democracy,Dictatorship,War&Peace • Tryingtomakessenseofworldwelivein-focusonthingsthat matter/don'tmatter • Demo&War - worldbecomingmoredemocraticorpeaceful • FrancisFukuyama-1989 - relatedmodernworldtoHegel duringberlinwall -sig.Momentsinpol • Ideasareformed-life,liberty,security,basicprinciplesofpolitics-theclashofideas • 2)Historyof HumanConsciousness • Hegel-Realhistoryisthehumanconsciousness • Politicalideascomefromphilosophers • war= clashof ideas • Industry,economy,religion,aremanifestationsofthehum.Con. • 3) • Ideas&theorg. Of humansociety • Reallybigideasorganizesociety • Ancients,medievals,&thelibereraldemocraticsocieties-everyonehasthereownbigideas Hegel&LiberalState • BattleofJena-Victoryof"Liberty,Equality,andFraternity" • Victoryandchangeinsocietyistheendofhistory • Why?Nootherbigideacomesforththat challengestheother • Lookfortherelevantandignoretheirrelevant • Havetolookat the reallybigideas Fukuyama • Hegelwasright,butoff • Therewerestillchallengersofthebigidea-Nazism,Communism,Fascism • However,theseideasweredefeatedintherealmofideas • Therearealsopeoplewhohavechallengedideas • However,theideaispowerlessbecausenoonessupportsit • Also,religiousfundamentalistarenotuniversal&notarealchallenge Wheredotheseideasleaveus? • Wehaveaworld with peace,trade & Democracy • Wars stillnothappenbutarenot ofbig ideas-ex:Russia • Throughoutcourse,lookforbigideologicalchallengers • Inthissense,historyisover-Liberaldeomcracy-endstage Prof.Wongview Clashofcivilizations • TheargumentsofHuntington • Viewofthevictor • Endofcold war=Triumphforthewesternworld • However,peopleseetheideathattriumph=arrogance • Huntington-wasmuchmor
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