Poli. 271 Notes 5

Poli. 271 Notes 5 - License in the State of Nature Freedom...

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License in the State of Nature Freedom to do what you want What is Freedom? Life without authority Natural Conditions (Perfect Freedom) Independence Equality Our natural rights Life, health, liberty, possessions Our natural Duties Self-preservation, preserving others Potential complications: Bias, disagreement, failure, demands Dangers of life without authority Injustice, war, slavery Civil society is the only means by which you can get out of a state of war or slavery The remedy for the inconveniences of the state of nature: civil government Theoretical challenges: What does justice require in the way of: Norms and Principles Adjudication and Enforcement These are the foundations of freedom in society, and the basis of civil government Civil Society Only remedy for: Tyrannical government State of perfect freedom where people don’t behave The Theoretical Puzzle of Political Power Why do we need it?
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The case of natural freedom does not enable us to secure our self-preservation How do we make it? Banding together in a civil society, associating with others who recognize the cooperation that the laws of reason demand
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