3.4 Historical and Social Setting for Emergence of Liberalism

3.4 Historical and - Historical and Social Setting for Emergence of Liberalism GHG's-Gross Historical Generalizations A Society and Politics

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2/4/08 Historical and Social Setting for Emergence of Liberalism GHG’s-Gross Historical Generalizations A. Society and Politics in “Traditional” Europe 1. Hierarchy -there is a natural order of things -natural superiority and inferiority -established by God -no class movement, no social mobility -no choosing of a career -established through family (ascribed) 2. Corporation/Non-Individualism -collective bodies in society through which the individual finds himself -fulfillment through corporate affiliation -family -last names are often family professions -one of the goals of liberalism is to free the individual 3. Dispersal of Power -includes taxes, courts, armies, etc -power is not concentrated in the hands of kings -dispersed into many people and groups -church -aristocracy -cities -universities -no centralized state 4. Summum Bonum (“highest truth”) -there is one single truth about God -no going against the high authority
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5. Moral Economy -pursuit of public over private -public good is moral, private is acceptable but inferior
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This note was uploaded on 03/05/2008 for the course GOVT 1615 taught by Professor Hendrix,b during the Spring '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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3.4 Historical and - Historical and Social Setting for Emergence of Liberalism GHG's-Gross Historical Generalizations A Society and Politics

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