the priority given to society does not mean that the quality of individual life

The priority given to society does not mean that the

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the priority given to society does not mean that the quality of individual life can be neglected o socialists are not in favour of destroying individual life o socialism recognizes the unity of people –which can only be realized through other members of society o character needs others & can only be truly filled by and through society we need society to realize our potential 4. nature is present in all human beings agrees with liberalism o all human beings are born free and equal consequently, liberty and equality are founded in nature for socialists, they are both the instrument and the end of the realization of nature o the instrument = the ways by which nature realizes itself; the ends = the final result socialists agree with liberals that in order to be happy, individuals must obey the laws of nature socialists will argue that nature is realized through REAL liberty and REAL equality o liberty and equality are more than just formal principles o formal principles = principles that are abstract and not concrete (not really applied) being born equal is a formal idea – we do not know what the future for us is going to look like find more resources at oneclass.com find more resources at oneclass.com
o ex. Some are better and developing economic wealth than others, leads to inequality tangible manifestation of inequality socialism is a critique of the formal nature of liberal principles – specifically liberal equality socialism argues that these principles should be concrete – freedom and equality o must go beyond abstract nature and become the ultimate goal of nature in order to respect liberty and equality - they must be an everyday reality o liberty and equality must become universal o key for individual and collective development in society 5. socialism rejects the idea of the exclusive appropriation of private property for liberals, individuals acquire property/economic goods and become soul owners of the property o exclusive usage of private property for socialist, the exclusive nature of private property is/can ruin real equality and real freedom o exclusive nature of private property goes against the natural principle of equality socialism goes further by refusing the individual appropriation that private property is the motor of economic something the issue, in socialist thought, the individual appropriation of property ruins any chances of true equality or freedom o economic exploitation and political domination the few who own a lot of things will oblige the many to work for them in exchange for wages o Aristotle: the rich are small in number, and the poor are great in number The same few who own things and exploit the many will also dominate the many politically o Exploit them on an economic level and dominate them on a political level The ultimate consequence on economic exploitation and political domination is class struggle o Class struggle is seen everyone (especially in the 19 th and 20 th century) Socialists want to get rid of class conflict o

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