PoliticsSept18 - and the rule of the many (democracy)...

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Politics Sept. 18, 2007 Principles of Democracy Demos: The people Kratia: Rule Democracy = rule of the people - Who belongs to the demos? - Democracy has been plagued with systematic exclusion of categories of the people - Kratia covers what it is to govern - To rule – to make decisions that are binding - Democratic rule – participation in decisions that are binding to the people by the people - Binding – the decisions are enforceable The State: Mas Vaber defines the State as a human community that successfully claims a monopoly over the legitimate use of force within a given territory Everyone has a state but different governments/regimes Politeia: Regime Plato distinguishes the Politeia as the rule of one (monarch), the rule of few (oligarchy),
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Unformatted text preview: and the rule of the many (democracy) Equality is at the heart of the moral defense for democracy Declaration of Independence indicates a Moral Equality that we are all capable of being moral agents and making moral decision We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal Fundamental religious foundation to the principal of equality Just because were all created equal doesnt mean we can all govern the same way Is it better that one wise person make the decisions for all the people because that person knows better? = Guardianship How can we argue that Wisdom should rule when we spout that everyone is equal...
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course POL 105Y1 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '08 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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