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Poli Sci 4 - Midterm Study Guide

by: Elena Stacy

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I have taken the essay questions to the midterm and jotted down a few important concepts and ideas that would be relevant to study prior to writing the essay to base your argument off of.
Introdoction to Political Theory
Mark Bevir
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Political Theory, Poli Sci 4, Bevir, MARK, conservatism, Liberalism, ideologies
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This 2 page Study Guide was uploaded by Elena Stacy on Tuesday March 1, 2016. The Study Guide belongs to PoliSci 4 at University of California Berkeley taught by Mark Bevir in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 133 views. For similar materials see Introdoction to Political Theory in Political Science at University of California Berkeley.


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Date Created: 03/01/16
Political Theory – Midterm Study Guide  Part 1: Ideology  1.  Liberalism and conservatism are both ideologies of the ruling class. Discuss.  ­  Marx     2. Are ideologies a distinctive feature of the modern world as it has developed since the  late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries? Develop your answer, in part at least,  through a discussion of both liberalism and conservatism.  ­   Origins of liberalism and conservatism  o  ​efore “modern world” vs. “modern world”  o  18​ and 19​h century focus  ­   religion, aristocracy, Enlightenment, etc.     Part 2: Liberalism     1.  What are the main similarities and differences between classical and social  liberalism? Which variety of liberalism do you find more compelling? Why?  ­  Positive liberties vs. negative liberties  ­  Individualism  ­ Classical economy vs. modern    2.  Liberals typically hold that the individual is, in some way, prior to society. How would  a liberal justify this view?  ­  Distinctive qualities  ­  Rationalism  ­  Atomism  ­   Human nature     Part 3: Conservatism     1.  Does a belief in the fallibility of human reason necessarily imply conservatism?  ­ Rationalism  ­ Paternalism  ­ Divine right  ­ Individual liberty    2.  How might we justify conservatism to conservatives and to non­conservatives?  ­ Human imperfection  ­ Natural social order  ­ Market efficiency  ­ Christian values   


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