PSCI 4-9

PSCI 4-9 - PSCI 181 (4/9/2008) There are agreed upon rules...

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PSCI 181 (4/9/2008) There are agreed upon rules and Mill is afraid the average person is mediocre, doesn’t think very actively and will just follow them without question (tyranny of the majority); doesn’t mean the rules are useless and not important, they are useful until someone comes along and points out the problems with the rules (p. 157-8) we are all rational creatures etc. You follow the two rules until they conflict and THEN you submit to the general happiness principle; rules are good if they encode the principle of happiness/ of utility ; rules come from somewhere, they come from people who are leaders and they are leaders for a reason (have a sense of superior virtue, superior intelligence that enables them to see the higher orders of pleasure ) What role does the government play in pursuing progress? Paradox b/w govt. being essential to our human good but also threatening at the same time (because the govt. might overstep its bound, BUT it is essential); essential for the protection of our rights. Direct democracy=’mob’ocracy; through the process of democracy we have the freedom of use (of everyone, can consult more people, it isn’t tyrannical); education
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This note was uploaded on 08/03/2008 for the course PSCI 181 taught by Professor Hirshmann during the Spring '08 term at UPenn.

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PSCI 4-9 - PSCI 181 (4/9/2008) There are agreed upon rules...

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