Lecture 3 9-15 - Lecture 3: 9/15 Equality and Inequality o...

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Lecture 3: 9/15 Equality and Inequality o Questions of Equalitiy are at the heart of political Conflict Taxation systems Affirmative Action School choice and school funding Health care policy Human Rights o Equality as a double-edged sword Me $5,000 $12,000 $2,000,000 o Are human beings unequal in essence? Aristotle Yes, humans have unequal ability to reason. Plato Yes, people are unequal by virtue of their distance from the perfect good. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) Yes, inequality is the key to human greatness. Some people are superior and that should be celebrated. John Locke (1632-1704) No, everyone possesses equality under the law. Hobbes No, everyone is equal in their vulnerability, as well as their ability to be a threat. Western Tradition No, equality comes from rationality. o Types of Inequality Aristotle, Plato, Nietzsche were concerned with inequalities in human capacity
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This note was uploaded on 09/19/2010 for the course POLI SCI 103-401 taught by Professor Clardie during the Spring '10 term at Wisconsin Milwaukee.

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