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Unformatted text preview: Melian Dialogue: Contemporary politics. Whoever is in that power to negotiate has the right/power to say what is just. (Justice is a matter of determination-whoever has the power gets to say what is just and moral). Athenians decide that you cannot have neutral identities. (He who is not with us is against us) The Melians want to appeal to justice. The Athenians respond that their neutrality would do nothing to us. We need to be perceived as worth hating. Athenians: where there is equal power can there only be a negotiation. The strong do what they have the power to do; the weak accept what they have to accept. King There is just and unjust laws : How do we know the difference between natural and man-made law. Man Made laws are like what the Athenians did, its all about self interest. It is a law that is not universally applicable. (unwritten law) Just and unjust laws: Unjust (man-made), any law that degrades a human. One has a legal and moral responsibility to obey just laws and to disobey openly, lovingly, and a willing to accept...
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- Winter '08