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Poli 4081 9/11/2007 Lecture 5? I. Postulate of Balance A.Isn’t the best regime in the world, isn’t the best world, but its what we’ve got B.We can pursue perfection in politics C.“Yes the regime is defective and yes it does not always act justly/in the name of justice, but it builds your roads, marries you, etc… just because you got your finger caught in the machine you want to destroy it?” 1. Some regime is better than no regime 2. Institutions are a necessary evil a. Elections are substitutions for revolutions—political explanation/representation of postulate of balance D.There is a link between the individual and the institutions… that link is persuasion (peitho) 1. The philosopher’s word should persuade the institutions to see the Truth 2. Socrates did not persuade them and so he did not want to destroy the truth as conceived/portrayed in the laws, etc. of the polis E.Politics requires compromise 1. Socrates is being very political in the Crito, even when his life is at stake 2. Gives idea of balance in a political sense, not giving the absolute Truth as spoken by a person representing God a. Theoretical truth
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i. Collision of universal Truth ii. Diversity of universal thruths is a pragmatic or political… iii. All of the universal truths have been expressed politically, but do not exhaust the infinitude of divine reality - All answers have divinity but NONE are completely adequate iv. Any truth we are able to perceive is representative truth, but does not fully capture the Truth - We don’t have a transcendental language, which shows the finitude of human existence - Communion with divine existence/Truth is annihilating, its too powerful F. The Balance in Terms of Truth Itself 1. Truth as it is ascertained by philosophy is a truth we pay homage to and venerate, even though we understand the array of problems that exist (balance) 2. Don’t dogmatize Plato, the institutions may not be perfect but the theoretical truth is still there G.Socrates’ ignorance- anything we can know is minute compared to the
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