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Philosophy 120 Social and Political Notes

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Philosophy 120 Social and Political Notes PHIL 120-10J

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Philosophy 120 Social and Political Notes
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
Professor Moussie
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Madelon Morford on Saturday February 20, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PHIL 120-10J at Emory University taught by Professor Moussie in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 16 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy in PHIL-Philosophy at Emory University.

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Date Created: 02/20/16
Philosophy 1/14/16 Machiavelli Chapters 1-4 1)This is very good example of the hierarchy of politics a)“politics are the activities associated with the governance of a country or area.” b)“debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power i) liberty ii) justice iii) rights iv) property v) laws 2)political has the ability to shift social but social also has the ability to be barrier or shift politics a)social governs politics just as much as politics govern social 3)politics- enforce laws to govern social acceptability 4)social- has influence and over over politics- ex. Political change, civil rights, women’s voting, etc. 5)overall view, thesis, conclusion --- claim/ premise 1 & claim/premise 2 --- justification, justification, justification a)dissecting all aspects of the argument in our readings weather its implicitly or explicitly voiced b)work on separating thesis, claims, and justifications 6)goals of politics: a)have and maintain power, b)stability, c) peace, d)order; social order i) we create the importance of politics 7)Machiavelli’s justifications: people are violate, people want to acquire a)People can be trusted (Machiavelli’s intentions!?) b)As much as politics governs social, social has influence and control over politics i) Ex. People unhappy = revolt c) Make sure the prince is satisfying the people d)To the prince the people mean nothing, faceless and inanimate, but they have to be satisfied to control order 8)how do we reach these goals? What are the concerns of politics? a)Network b)Fortune- “fortum”; wheel of fortune, always turning and changing i) Fortune in the way that he should conquer well established land because he will have more success and therefor more fortune ii) Born into it; “luck” iii) Human actions can’t control c) Virtue- “virtu”; worked for i) Has qualifications and KNOWLEDGE d)Force 2 9)Virtue vs fortune: a)To be truly great you must have virtue or knowledge i) Knowledge = virtue b)Most essential part of politics i) Knowledge of others is just as important as knowledge of self; what Machiavelli is trying to teach the prince (1) Valley and mountain example ii) Machiavelli has the virtue, prince has the fortune, but you must have virtue to have power (1) Machiavelli is giving a backhanded compliment and simultaneously insulting the prince by telling him he must look at the people/ have virtue; implying that the prince doesn’t have this quality 3


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