PSC 104 Final Examination - Question 2 What is “estranged...

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Final Examination Below are the essay questions for the final exam in Introduction to Political Theory. Every student is required to answer Question 1 creating a dialogue between a classical and modern political philosopher. Each student must also answer one of two essay questions drawn from our readings in the third section of our course. This is a take home exam. Essays should not exceed 5 double spaced pages in length. All exams will be due by 1:30 on Thursday, December 9 th in my office 414 Heritage Hall. Your answer will be worth 50 points of your final course grade. Question 1: Required of all students. Create a dialogue about the nature of politics and the good society between one classical theorist (Plato, Aristotle, Augustine) and at least one modern theorist (Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Wollstonecraft, Marx, Mill, or King). The dialogue should address citizenship and sovereignty, individual rights and civic duties, and just government.
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Unformatted text preview: Question 2: What is “estranged labor” according to Marx? How do the relations among proletariat and the bourgeoisie and the means or tools of production associated with capitalism strain the notion of equality among men in a democracy? In the Communist Manifesto, Marx claims that the history of the world is the “history of class struggle.” Defend or reject his claim with reference to his arguments. Question 3: Diversity presents a challenge to democracy. In Pericles’ “Funeral Oration” he discussed the openness and tolerance of the people of ancient Athens. Compare and contrast his comments on democratic values with John Stuart Mill’s essay On Liberty or Martin Luther King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail.” What evidence do you see of the “tyranny of the majority” noted by both Mill and King? How can political philosophy teach us to promote the American ideals of equality, liberty, and justice in our democracy?...
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