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Lecture 2

Lecture 2 - Polis as a Way of Life

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York University
Political Science
POLS 1000
Martin Breaugh

Lecture 2Polis as a way of life First experience of democracy Harry Frankfurt On Bullshit Autonomy Auto self Nomoslaw giving yourself rules to live by thth Greece in the 54 century BCE o Polis NOT A CITY MUCH MORE THAN A STATE city statesclumsy translation in accurate o Athenian were extremely important for the worldInvention of democracy rise of an intense and rich political life based upon city stateOrigins aristocraticreformsdemocratic o Explain Greek miracle extremely sophisticatedGeographical climatic well situated mountainous islands seaportsnavigationcommerce trade warinteraction with other civilizations o Inventive curious about selfothersmeaning of things o Sense of harmony balance and beautypoliticallyo Innate natural sense of importance of politics from poliso Arendt thinking about polis when talking politics o Natural human habitat o Existence devoid of politics cannot be truly a human existence o Equilibrium between the citizen and the community the part and the whole particular vs universalDefine oneself as distinct human being have to parttake in public affairs being politicalexpressing who you werePolis becomes collective expression of citizens views on political life
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