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the priority given to society does not mean that the quality of individual life can be neglected osocialists are not in favour of destroying individual life osocialism recognizes the unity of people –which can only be realized through other members of society ocharacter needs others & can only be truly filled by and through societywe need society to realize our potential 4.nature is present in all human beingsagrees with liberalism oall human beings are born free and equalconsequently, liberty and equality are founded in nature for socialists, they are both the instrument and the end of the realization of nature othe instrument = the ways by which nature realizes itself; the ends = the final resultsocialists agree with liberals that in order to be happy, individuals must obey the laws of naturesocialists will argue that nature is realized through REAL liberty and REAL equality oliberty and equality are more than just formal principlesoformal 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.comfind more resources at oneclass.com
oex. 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 equalitysocialism argues that these principles should be concrete – freedom and equalityomust go beyond abstract nature and become the ultimate goal of naturein order to respect liberty and equality - they must be an everyday reality oliberty and equality must become universalokey for individual and collective development in society5.socialism rejects the idea of the exclusive appropriation of private propertyfor liberals, individuals acquire property/economic goods and become soul owners of the propertyoexclusive usage of private property for socialist, the exclusive nature of private property is/can ruin real equality and real freedomoexclusive nature of private property goes against the natural principle of equalitysocialism goes further by refusing the individual appropriation that private property is the motor of economic somethingthe issue, in socialist thought, the individual appropriation of property ruins any chancesof true equality or freedomoeconomic exploitation and political domination the few who own a lot of things will oblige the many to work for them in exchange for wagesoAristotle: the rich are small in number, and the poor are great in numberThe same few who own things and exploit the many will also dominate the many politically oExploit them on an economic level and dominate them on a political levelThe ultimate consequence on economic exploitation and political domination is class struggle oClass struggle is seen everyone (especially in the 19thand 20thcentury)Socialists want to get rid of class conflict o