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For Friday 4/3, review Book of Job, all. Focus on 38.1-end. For Tuesday, 4/8, Epictetus, Handbook , all. (It’s very short) Paper #2 is due April 15 th . 1. Relevance of the Book of Job to political theory. The theory of “liberal democracy” and meaning. “Political theory is the study of the best possible regime (way of political life) given human nature as it is.” A. Studying the Book of Job addresses the most fundamental aspect of human nature: that we are meaning-seeking beings, who (whether we like it or not) want to know the meaning of our lives, our existences, our suffering. B. Recall the quotation from Carel the crazed cleric. “Suppose the truth were awful, suppose it was just a black pit, or like birds huddled in the dust in a dark cupboard?...Who could face this? All philosophy has taught a facile optimism, even Plato did so…Any interpretation of the world is childish. The author of the Book of Job understood it. Job asks for sense and justice. Jehovah replies that there is none. There is only power and the marvel of power; there is only chance and
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