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Topics in Political Philosophy

John Stuart Mill's Views on Liberal Values in On Liberty
What Is Liberalism? According to John Locke’s social contract theory, individuals consent to be governed. In doing so, individuals risk their personal freedoms in order to ensure the greater good. But how are personal ethics and values determined in a society? The a priori assumption, according to the Fundamental Libera...
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Realism and Liberal Internationalism: The Two Theories of the International Systems
Nothing is truly in stasis; everything changes with the passing of time. Some things morph and emerge in order to become something more powerful, potentially creating disagreements. Just as human beings evolve and progress as time goes by, international politics morph the same way. From its humble beginnings to the present...
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The Role of Virtue in Politics in the Works of Cicero and Machiavelli
Virtue in Politics Political theorists have long debated the role of virtue in politics, and whether it is essential for political actors to be virtuous people. Cicero’s “On Duties” is chief among the ancient works that provided the basis for discourse, upon which the more modern thinkers could expand and discuss. In his...
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The Ideal Traits for Political Regimes Through an Understanding of Politics by Aristotle and On Duties by Cicero
Justice and Political Regimes Political regimes are built upon specific mechanisms of how people interact in government. These regimes are often dependent upon some formal structure, determining who rules whom and how. However, the nature of politics is dependent, also, upon the character of the political actors. Thoug...
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Willing Consent to Misery Enslaves People
A People Enslaves Itself De la Boetie’s writings are riddled with assertions that a nation’s power resides in the people rather than its ruler. This particular quote takes special effort to emphasize the distinction between “depriving” a tyrant from anything and “giving him nothing”. De la Boetie contends that a people...
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War as a Consequentialist Idea
War is a Consequentialist Idea Have you ever thought about if war is moral or not? Is war a viable option dependent on the scenario? Is war ever a viable option? Why is there so much controversy surrounding the war choices the U.S. makes? A look upon this in the Deontological perspective will focus on their duty while the...
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The Concept of Fascism as Political Religion
Fascism as Political Religion Even in our modern society, we have struggled to produce a true separation between politics and religion. This includes fascism, which has even been described as having the “rudiments of a new religion,” in 1929. Gentile suggests that fascist regimes wanted a monopoly on obedience, leaving...
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An Analysis of Niccolo Machiavelli's Dissertation on Lesser Republics
War on the Romefront: Machiavelli’s Dissertation on Lesser RepublicsAs Machiavelli theorizes, the latent destiny and will of man (and the causation of an empire’s success) relies heavily on the support of the nation’s denizens in their militaristic campaigns. After all, to desire the expansion of the nation into “fertile la...
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The Ideology of Libertarianism
Libertarianism When people think of Libertarians they often think of crazy bug out
people who want no government. Now, there is these type of people, and they
really should call themselves anarchists and not libertarians. Most
libertarians are not like this. They are simply dissatisfied with
Conservatives, as they ar...
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The Different Facets of Socialism
Traditionally, the word socialism brings with it a plethora of different facets, from its purest definition to its more frequent conception as communism, Lenin, and the era of fear after the Second World War. Socialism means different things to different people, even currently being brought to light by Democratic presidenti...
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A Discussion on the Types of Conservative Political Philosophies in the United States
Reading Response In Adam Wolfson's essay, Conservatives and Neoconservatives, he points
out that there are four types of conservative political philosophies
present in the United States. These include the Tradionalists, the
Paleoconservatives, the Libertarians, and the Neoconservatives. All of
these political philoso...
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A Review of Political Thinking, a Book by Glenn Tinder
Why do people exist? What is the purpose? These are only two deep questions that might keep individuals up at night. In Tinder’s book Political Thinking: Perennial Questions, deep and vast questions are asked. These thoughts are only answered with more questions in response to an idea. There is no real certainty for if ther...
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Nationalism and an Analysis of the Opinion on a Nation Being Nothing More Than an Ideological Construct
Advantages & Disadvantages of Nationalism and an opinion on ‘A nation is nothing more than an ideological construct’ Nationalism deals with the feeling of a nation, group or country. It shows the affection and pride of a resident, for the geographical area, to which he or she belongs. Nationalism can be related to patrioti...
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An Assessment of the Contributions of Marxism to Society
Assess the Marxist contribution to society (33 marks) Marxism is a macro approach to sociology which looks at how capitalism creates a division in society. Marxists argue that society is split into two classes – the ruling class or bourgeoisie, and the working class or proletariat. They state that the bourgeoisie uses th...
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A Review of the Key Points and Quotes From the Manifesto of the Communist Party
This paper will review key points and quotes from the “Manifesto of the Communist Party” and then evaluate the book and place it in its sociological context. The book was written in England in 1848. This was a time of great social change brought about by the rise of the industrial age and the modernization of agriculture. T...
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The Parallelisms between Pre-Machiavellian and Post-Machiavellian Government Policies
“Is better to be feared than to be loved,” or so is what Machiavelli theorizes. The argument, I believe is lacking serious considerations in what constitute love and fear; for example, in a intimate relationship, being feared instead of loved will eventually lead to the destruction of the relationship based on the fact that...
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Machiavelli's Views of the Ruler's Use of the Abilities of Fear and Love
Machiavelli Quote Essay “Fear the point in which one may no longer see you as a companion or as an individual who was once a friend but somebody who you must linger under and see to not anger or hurt” This was what Machiavelli wanted people to know that if you had the choice to become the ruler and decide whether...
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Simon Bolivar's Fight for the Independence of Venezuela From Spain Inspired by the Enlightenment Ideas of John Locke
Simon Bolivar is a Creole that grew up in a wealthy family. Bolivar dedicated his time and effort to fighting for the independence of Venezuela from Spain. In order to do this Bolivar was inspired by the enlightenment ideas of John Locke. John Locke explains the State of Nature that people are in. The State of Nature is whe...
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An Essay on Friedrich Nietzsche's View of the Overman, Eternal Return and Will to Power
Nietzsche is in some ways a response to his preceding philosophers, such as Plato and Socrates. But as opposed to agreeing with these men, he instead presents radically different and new ideas that are in many respects the complete opposite of Platonic thought. This sort of backlash presents new moralities through three mai...
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Proper and Improper Ways to Rule a Nation in The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
The Prince In the modern world, there are around forty nations which still are ruled by a monarch. Some of these nations are primarily ruled by another person, such as the Prime Minister of Canada, but regardless, there are still some monarchies in the 21st century. However. in the 16th century, the days of Machiavelli, it...
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Karl Marx's Life, Work, and Development of the Ideology of Capitalism
Karl Marx - The Economist For most people, when they think of communism, socialism, and classless societies, the first name that comes to mind is Karl Marx. The vast majority of us do not clearly understand Marx’s ideas, which were extremely idealist, far from the realist philosophy that we know in America; capitalism....
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Karl Marx and the Concept of Objectification
Central to Karl Marx’s analysis of contemporary economic, political, and social life, is the notion of objectification. For Marx, objectification of labor is the process by which people create things in the world, which are external to them. This is a natural process for Marx, and in some senses this manipulation of the wor...
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The Influences of John Locke's Two Treatises of Government
The Influences of John Locke's Two Treatises of Government John Locke, a great English philosopher, gave a lot influences to the
revolutions in America and France. Today, we like to call him "the father
of America republic". Here comes the question: why we used to call him this
name? What have he contributed to this worl...
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A Biography of Niccolo Machiavelli, a Politician, Philosopher and Author
Ever heard of the term Machiavellian? It is an adjective used to describe someone who uses tricks and clever lies to get something they want. This term comes from a renaissance philosopher, Niccolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli. Machiavelli is most known for his book, The Prince, in which he dedicates to the famous Medici fam...
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The Real Meaning of Machiavelli's The Prince
What was Machiavelli's 'The Prince' Really About? Niccol Machiavelli was Secretary to the Second Chancery of the
Republic of Florence during the time the Medici lost their power.
Interestingly, he wrote his masterpiece, The Prince, after the Medici had
regained their power and lost his position of power. Although this...
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