class Notes 9/13 - American Political Government
class Notes 9/13 - American Political Government PSC 120
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Date Created: 09/14/16
Class Notes 9/13 Friday, September 9, 28:05 PM • Dealing with 2 things ○ America + government • Democracy begins with Athens, Ancient Greece • Plato, Socrates, Aristotle ○ Western philosophy • 4 topics ○ Justice ○ Morality ○ Concept of the republic ○ The State • Metaphysics---> study of what's real • Arbiter of the laws ○ Lady justice and the scales • Individuality ○ The "I"--> what am "I" Social Media circles this • "We the People" • "I" more prominent and dominant • Do we feel entitled to certain things? ○ Education, freedom ,rights, religion, speech, etc • Equal opportunity X absolute equality ○ Compete for the American dream • Positioning yourself in the state • We have to understand where we perceive ourselves in the state • Ideal citizen ---> identifies without "I" ○ We are the republic (Plato) ○ No American dream ○ All that matters is your contribution to the state • Justice---> living rightfully • 2 concepts 1. Attack on moral skepticism Attack the truth on accepted moral views--->(we love rebels) 2. Attack on moral complacency Emphasizes moral views + established attributes Revision of reform on how we think about right + wrong • Society is a living thing • Making people uncomfortable = the American way • Object moral truth • Object moral truth • Truth is whatever you can convince someone to believe • Facts don’t convince people • What is the republic about? Justice. ○ What truth is ○ 4 main aspects of government ○ What is justice? What is perceived as rights • Judges---> gate keepers of justice • What is justice? Inconsistent • Justice between other virtues by way of rights • Plato ---> justice is a virtue ○ Equality • Justice is against wanting more than you are entitled to • Justice must remain dominate • Morality
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