Sep 29 - Democracy Part 1 Summary

Sep 29 - Democracy Part 1 Summary - Summary of Politics...

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1 Summary of Politics 1020E Lecture 7: Democracy, Part One (September 29, 2011) The seventh lecture has two parts: first, it attempts to say what democracy is; and second, it sets out the core of Plato’s classic critique of democracy. Democracy is rule by the people or, to use the two ancient Greek roots of our word, kratos by the demos . Democratic decision-making gives each citizen an equal say at some stage of the process. It means that the collective is ruling itself. Democracy originated in the sixth century BC in Greece and more or less disappeared for centuries until being reborn in a different guise. In ancient Athens, democracy was direct: citizens participated in making decisions for themselves, and discussion was followed by a show of hands. The Athenians were culturally homogeneous and certainly not liberal by twenty-first century standards. In addition, they excluded many people altogether, including women, slaves, and resident foreigners.
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course POLISCI 1020E taught by Professor Charlesjones during the Fall '11 term at UWO.

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