Poli. 271 Notes 8

Poli. 271 Notes 8 - Rousseau's Central Question How does...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Rousseau’s Central Question How does the individual maintain freedom in society? Democracy Suited for small, simple societies Different people should be governed by different means Autocracy Pros: Efficiency, stability, responsive to crisis Cons: Instability as a result of rebellion, suppressive, no individual freedom, no representation, apathy, stop caring about people Aristocracy/Meritocracy Pros: Rule for the common good, educated, discourse Cons: Not caring so much, common good is difficult to arrive at*without universal participation, corruptible through patronage, sclerotic Democracy Pros: People have voice, sovereign, participation should yield better decisions, legitimate Cons: large societies have more dumb people, corruptible (corporate will), apathy, plurality of different ways of life Rousseau: Democracy can be the best of all forms of government, or it can be the worst What makes democracy the best or the worst are habits of the heart The Social Contract or, how to redeem the promise of freedom
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 2

Poli. 271 Notes 8 - Rousseau's Central Question How does...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online