Final POL201 study guide

Final POL201 study guide - Political Thinking (POL 201)...

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Political Thinking (POL 201) Brian Danoff Miami University Fall 2009 Study Guide for the Final Exam The final exam will cover the material on the syllabus from Weber through Barber. Part I of the exam will consist of 25 multiple choice questions, worth 2 points each, for a total of 50 points. Part II of the exam will consist of an essay worth 50 points. The prompt will ask you to write an essay on the following theorists: Nussbaum, Putnam, Galston, Barber. (To be more precise, the prompt will ask you to write on your choice of three of those four theorists.) Try to think of the essay in the same way that you would think of a paper. This means that you should have a clear thesis -- that is, a main argument that you are trying to make. You should state this thesis, or main argument, in the first paragraph. Then, in the rest of the essay, you will advance your thesis through the various points that you make. You should back up these points with specific examples from the reading. (In a paper, you would use direct quotes, but I don't expect much of that in a closed-book exam.) Above all, your essay should demonstrate that you have seriously grappled with the issues raised in the readings and in class, and can write on these issues with intelligence, insight, and imagination. *** Here are some study questions that will help you prepare for the exam. These study questions will definitely be helpful for studying, but they are not necessarily exhaustive. In other words, I retain the right to pose questions about the readings which are not explicitly covered by this guide. Max Weber, “Politics as a Vocation” 1. How does Weber define the state? (I gave you this definition in lecture.) The form of human community that (successfully) lays claim to the monopoly of legitimate physical violence within a particular territory…All other organizations or individuals can assert the right to use physical violence only insofar as the state permits them to do so. The state is regarded as the source of the ‘right’ to use violence. 2. What are the “three qualities” that are “of decisive importance for the politician” (pp. 500-1)? -Passion: commitment to a realistic cause -Responsibility: stand behind government actions and realize they need to act in a way that will preserve the nation -Judgment: seeing things as they really are. 1
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3. What is the “ethic of intention” (also known as the “ethic of conviction”) and what is the “ethic of responsibility”? The ethic of responsibility is favors but he hopes that we could some how fuse together responsibility and intention in the future. Ethic of conviction : we make our decisions based on our hierarchy of what we believe is ethical or morally correct. Ethic of responsibility
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