A set of ideas that was somehow suspect, and probably false. -originally referred to the systematic study of the origins of sources of our ideas (did not survive the 19th century) An agenda of things to discuss, questions to ask, and hypothesis to make. People who try to persuade other to accept their ideology. They want to reach as many people as possible. Agent- somebody who is free or seeking freedom. Obstacle- what is in the way of the agent"s goal. A contested concept; people mean diferent things when they refer to democracy. Comes from two greek words: demos = common people, kratein = to rule. -rule by, and in the interest of, the common people. Early greek democracy was a system of class rule, that is a rule of one class. Athens = a polis (self governing city-state) - women, resident aliens and slaves were not able to vote or hold office.