DOC 2 Lecture 011011

DOC 2 Lecture 011011 - DOC 2 Lecture 01/10/11 10/01/2011...

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Unformatted text preview: DOC 2 Lecture 01/10/11 10/01/2011 17:03:00 I. Bible- Job: lord gives and takes away and is still great, deserving of praise- Justice is gods will- Way of handling accidents rather than when someone willfully does something bad to you II. Ancient Greece- Thucydides- Athens = dominating/ruling large geographic spaces- Athens threatens war on Melians (colony of Sparta) and Athens wants to take over and Melians refuse to go along with it and be neutral instead- Athens against Sparta; Melians dont really want to be siding one or another; Athens doesnt like this because they dont want to look weak- Neutrality = mature Athenians dont exhibit this- Melians prefer justice/fair play- Athenians treat neutrals like enemies because they are strong-headed and want to dominate- Athens put Melians down and colonize them (killing men and making women and children slaves)- Thucydides point about justice: no real justice, just self-interest/power/benefit, including personal morality- Why would those in power share power? Melians were aware of this! III. Modern America: Kings Letter from Birmingham Jail- Alabama, religious leaders opposing Civil Rights Movement- They think that you should not fight justice in streets, but in the courts instead justice; disorder doesnt = justice- King responds and makes distinctions of two kinds of law a. 2 kinds of law b. natural law (just law) when human beings can write a law that swears with natural law, or the law of God; if its just, it will be moral, good, and fair; moral responsibility to obey these laws c. unjust law law that degrades human personality, takes away dignity/makes them look bad; majority compels minority group to obey but the majority group doesnt make it binding on itself (double standard!); inflicted on minority that had no say of writing of that law; civil disobedience openly/lovingly/confidently IV. Locke and rights A. Locke in context pre-modern society B. divine right and great chain of being C. enlightenment challenge to tradition Lecture 01/12/11 10/01/2011 17:03:00 I. Quick Review II. Locke and rights - Locke in context - Divine right and great chain of being (god given right to rule) Great chain of being: extended outside of humans; included animals...
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course DOC 2 taught by Professor Wimberley during the Winter '08 term at UCSD.

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DOC 2 Lecture 011011 - DOC 2 Lecture 01/10/11 10/01/2011...

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