Political Science 2237E Lecture Notes - Conciliarism

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Published on 22 Apr 2013
School
Western University
Department
Political Science
Course
Political Science 2237E
Professor
October 30, 2012
Intro to Political Theory
The paradigm of politics is the city Aristotle thought it should be 30,000 people
Athenians saw city as civilization
Model of the polis
Small is better and beautiful
Greek
If you wanted to rule you spoke
Politics is local, community
Work with the people you know
Work intimately with them and communicate with them
2nd paradigm: based on Rome
Comes 300-400 years later
Gives us the model of the Empire
Paradigm of the empire
The metropolis is Rome and it is the centre of the world
Romans colonized England and went North
Built a wall with Scottish outside end of the world
Model of the whole world Roman radiating power out to the whole world
Big is better
Conquer and expand
Organize the world now hub and metropolis with spokes going out from
there
o “Wheel”
The new roman political unit projection of power
Roman allegiance carried the image coin
Politics of symbolism not of direct experience
Dependent on military might to carry symbolic presence of Rome
Held together through commerce, military and projection of power
Big nation state people are spectators
Gave us the drama/theatre of politics
Socrates, Plato and the Skeptics
All are BCE 200 to 400 years before Christ
They are “Pagans”
The “glue” of their polities is philosophy, idealist, or natural
St. Augustine
Is 4rth/5th century ACE: Rome is under pressure from outside and inside: the
church led by the Bishop of Rome is not yet “Catholic”
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The paradigm of politics is the city aristotle thought it should be 30,000 people. Work intimately with them and communicate with them. If you wanted to rule you spoke. Gives us the model of the empire. The metropolis is rome and it is the centre of the world. Built a wall with scottish outside end of the world. Model of the whole world roman radiating power out to the whole world. Organize the world now hub and metropolis with spokes going out from there: wheel . The new roman political unit projection of power. Roman allegiance carried the image coin. Politics of symbolism not of direct experience. Dependent on military might to carry symbolic presence of rome. Held together through commerce, military and projection of power. Big nation state people are spectators. All are bce 200 to 400 years before christ. The glue of their polities is philosophy, idealist, or natural.

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