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POLI1041 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Great Power

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Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLI1041
Professor
Dennis Hale
Lecture
5

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Sept. 11: Pure Theory, Part II, Ch. 2, “Home” (65-71).
Home is the social nest and man is a social being
Why does the public world need to be different?
Why does the family become inadequate?
Development of the child forms adult activity
What we learn in the family will form our expectations as an adult
This is dangerous
Free flow of services from parent to child with no return
Only cyclical when child becomes parent
No expectation for return
Natural expectation to be cared for and take care of others
We learn that we are able to be cared for
Children pick up this idea of caring
A waterfall of generosity
However, other people do not care about you as much as your family
Modern world is not as comfortable
Great power-- having the ability to do
In reference to the international powers
Impressive because of their rights and accomplishments
Parents are a source or solution for everything
In the children’s eyes, parents are the great powers
It is convenient to government that we assume rulers to have the same traits as our
primary caretakers
Order comes before law
Laws of nature are diff from laws of the city
We need a reliable environment
Urge to collectivism stems from our childhood experience
Large society provides us more benefits
“Working upon men’s affection is characteristic of politics”
“Politics is a form of adult activity where in the traits of childish behaviour are best
preserved”
Authority is established, authority as a characteristic
Believed to be helpful, so when it fails, we are disappointed
When this fails, we turn to other forms of authority
We would like the laws of nature to be the laws of the city
What is naturally right in politics?
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