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Paper _2 Assignment, Spring 2011

Paper _2 Assignment, Spring 2011 - expect our dinner but...

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The Human Situation Spring 2011 Assignment # 2 Use the following question as the basis for a short essay. Your essay should be lucid and concise, and your argument should be thoroughly supported by means of relevant citations from the text at hand. Papers are due in class on Wednesday March 23. Your paper is to be 4-6 pages in length, double-spaced, typed, and stapled in the upper left- hand corner. Please make sure that your pages are numbered. A title page with an appropriate title should also be included. Adam Smith, in his famous Wealth of Nations , explains the moral foundation for the division of labor in the economy and in society at large. Smith writes as follows: It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we
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Unformatted text preview: expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages. Nobody but a beggar chuses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow citizens. What understanding of freedom or personal independence is implicit in this passage? How do Locke’s and Rousseau’s understandings of freedom and independence compare to Smith’s? What implications would Locke’s and Rousseau’s conceptions of individual freedom have for their understanding of economic and political society?...
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