LECTURE 1&2 - (Lecture 1 Reading Syllabus I B II A-B...

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1/06/10: (Lecture 1) Reading: Syllabus I B, II A-B Constitution Quiz (Constitution in O-Brian text: italicize not relevant) Need to know amendments and what they mean Courts and Neutrality: Why? Source of standard of neutrality? 1. Constitutionalism 2. Classical Liberalism Constitutionalism- (a part of classical liberalism) Set of rules limiting and separating power Magna Carta history The Origin of the “Higher Law” Tradition in the History of Government Power lies in the consent to the rules Ordinary laws of government must conform to a set of fundamental rules within the US Constitution The Age of Reason or Enlightenment (mid 1500s) Individuals saw themselves as higher and a part of something bigger (Faith and Myth) Three Major Developments: 1. Rise of rationalism- Preference for observation (Gradual scientific method) over myths and faith 2. Rise of individualism- people see themselves as individual from government 3. Government Legitimacy as an issue- questioned the legitimacy of government power, no longer considered natural and inevitable The American Constitution Three things a Constitution will do (characteristics) 1. Distribute power 2. Sets limits on power 3. Sets up rules for resolving conflicts
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LECTURE 1&2 - (Lecture 1 Reading Syllabus I B II A-B...

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