American Political Thought- Study Guide- Machiavellis The Prince
I. Moral standards in politics
A. Having conventional virtues v. reputation/appearance of having them
Satiric commentaries on Ciceros De Officiis
A.1. Generosity and miserliness
A.2. Mercy a
American Political Thought- Study Guide- Hobbes, the Leviathan
Dates: 1588 Born
1640 Fled to Paris
1642 Civil War began in England
1649 Charles I executed
1651 Leviathan published
1652 Returned to England
1660 Charles II restored
1666 Bill introduced into
American Political Thought Study Guide- Politics of inclusion and
The Politics of Inclusion and the Politics of Difference
Different ways of understanding relationship between freedom and equality
Freedom opposed to equ
American Political Thought- Class Note- VIPs of American Creeds
Is there an American creed?
This is a contentious point; Huntington says yes, but many others
- Accepts Tocquevillian idea that Americans are born equal.
American Political Thought Study Guide- Debating the Constitution
Debating the Constitution
Federalist Papers were a response to a series of Anti-Federalists papers; published in
New York newspapers.
2 Main issues divided the delegates at the Constitu
American Political Thought- Study Guide- Machiavelli
Confirmed as second chancellor to the Florentine republic
Spanish troops attack and Florence surrenders
Machiavelli convicted and punished for involvement in anti-Medici
American Political Thought- Study guide- A new Birth of Freedom
A New Birth of Freedom?
Student presentations on readings.
3 themes pervade Lincoln readings:
1. Lincoln was intellectually honest; curious; pragmatic.
2. Tension between reason and passion
American Political Thought- Study guide- Death of Freedom
The Death of Freedom?
Progressive Era, 1898-1912
- Who were the Progressives, and what did they stand for?
o Centrists progressives: T. Roosevelt, Croly, Wilson, Booker T.
Washington o Left progre
American Political Thought- Study Guide- Individualism
Emerson and Thoreau
- Not typically thought of as political writers.
- Their writings raise interesting questions about the relationship between
democracy and individual freedom and cha
American Political Thought- Study Guide- Basic Society Structures
I. Liberty of subjects
A. Negative v. positive liberty
Negative liberty: absence of external impediments, sphere within
which individual is free from interference
Critique of posi
American Political Thought- Study Guide- Aristotles theories
I. Plato and Aristotle
A. Unity v. heterogeneity/diversity
B. Philosophical virtue/knowledge v. practical virtue/practical wisdom C.
Method: perfect forms v. experience and opinions about the go
American Political Thought- Study Guide- Aristotles Politics
I. Revolutions (Book 5)
A. State of mind of revolutionaries: not just interests but feeling of
desire for gain and honor