PoliticsSept 25 2007 - Politics Sept 25 2007 John Stuart...

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Politics Sept 25 2007 John Stuart Mill: 1806-1873 – famous utilitarian philosopher, wrote texts (ie. On Liberty and Utilitarianism, On the Subjection of Women), member of parliament and active in reforms, egalitarian reformer - considerations on representative government (JS MILL) - Mill liked the transferable vote most but also liked proportional representation - Mill thought the better educated people should get an extra vote - Argued against benevolent despotism (Guardianship) James Madison: 1751-1836 Alexis de Toqueville: Democracy in America Agency: The capacity to act as moral/rational beings. Representative Democracy vs. Direct Democracy According to JS Mill (Democracy!) – Individual claims in the realm of politics - Self protection and Self reliance/development are the two main arguments against benevolent despotism - Self protection: The interests of the people are secure only if they have a direct role in government. Why? Intrinsic equality – people are the best judges of their
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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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