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 Lockes and Rousseaus understandings of freedom and independence compare to Smiths? What implications would Lockes and Rousseaus conceptions of individual freedom have for their understanding of economic and political society?...
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2011 for the course POLITICAL 131 taught by Professor Yenor during the Spring '11 term at Boise State.

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