The Idea of the State 2

The Idea of the State 2 - What vision for the State? A...

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1/13/11 What vision for the State? A constrained Vision (1776)? An unconstrained Vision (1789)?
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1/13/11 Constrained and Unconstrained Visions What is the potential of human nature? Does it extend far beyond what is currently manifested? Or are human beings tragically limited creatures whose selfish and dangerous impulses can be contained only by social contrivances which produce themselves negative
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1/13/11 Constrained and Unconstrained Visions “At the core of every moral code there is a picture of human nature, a map of the universe, and a version of history. To human nature (of the sort conceived), in a universe (of the kind imagined), after a history (so understood), the rules of the code apply. (Walter Lippmann, 1965) The question of objectivity?
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1/13/11 Constrained and Unconstrained Visions Assume a creature from another galaxy! It would not be able recognize man as the same being if it would compare the free, innocent being conceived by Jean-Jacques Rousseau with the bloody war each against all conceived by Thomas Hobbes. Despite the claims of many theories, there is no objective definition for the nature of man.
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1/13/11 Constrained and Unconstrained Visions The constrained vision as expressed by Alexander Hamilton: “It is the lot of all human institutions, even those of the most perfect kind, to have defects as well
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