Assignment for Thursday: finish John Mill, "On Freedom." Mill uses the terms "freedom" and "liberty" synonymously. Many people don't want the freedom to say what they want, they want the freedom to do what they want, which takes lots of money. Mill d
Lecture VIII Cooperation under Anarchy
Stag Hunt (Assurance game)
Harmony: complete congruence of interests and preferences. Cooperation: some
conflict of inte
Lecture VII on Arms Control
Why states value weapons?
a. Defenseevery state has the right to defend itself
c. Coercionthreaten a stateor inflicting pain until that state complies
e. Prestigestatus symbol.
Lecture VI on the Security Dilemma
What is the security dilemma?
a. Status-quo versus revisionist states
b. Perception and misperception
c. Cycle of fear
d. Arms race all are less secure
e. Status quo states can turn into aggressors.
Lecture V Nuclear Proliferation and Deterrence
What is deterrence? How does it work?
a. Deterrence works when the threat of retaliation inhibits potential aggression.
Threat of intolerable pain.
b. Deterrence has failed if the threat must be carried ou
Lecture IX Economics and Conflict
Violent conflict has become less frequent: youre less likely to die today from
Number of deaths, annually, from violent conflict:
a.i. 1939-45 (WWII): 10 million
a.ii. 1950-89 (Cold War): 180K pe
GVPT 200 Lecture III on System, Structure, the Balance of Power, and Polarity
a. Anarchy: no government over governments; self-help environment.
b. Assumptions: States seek to survive, value security (Hobbesian assumption)
GVPT 200 Lecture IV on Hegemony, Stability, and War
What is Hegemony?
a. Why is Hegemony puzzling from a structural realist perspective?
b. Hegemon has the ability to dominate secondary states in the system
c. Hegemon can assume the role not dissimilar
GVPT 200 Lecture II: Building Blocks of Realist Theory from the Classics
Context in which Hobbes is writing: Hes writing in the 17th century, a time during
which great internal disorderbordering often on civil warprevailed in England.
Peace and securit
Lecture X Democratic Peace
Do you feel like liberal peoples are more peace-like? Generic Arguments:
a.i. They espouse norms of peaceful conflict resolution.
a.ii. People pay for war
a.iii. People more concerned with making money
a.iv. market pl
Lecture X Integration
Capitalism versus communism during the Cold War
a. Socialist countries:
a.i. Mainly closed to the outside worldautarkic in this sense
a.ii. Top down command economiesmost of the production was owned by
the states central planners
4/17/2014- Rosseaus Inequality
Thursday, April 17, 2 014
Rousseau's Pilisophical Method
1. Critical: Calling into questions the necessity of prevailing political arrangements
2. Evolutionary: Explaining politca phenomena through reference to a his
Lecture XVI Religion and Ideology
Why are people drawn to religious belief?
a. Find personal meaning
b. To cope with difficulties and ugliness in the world
c. To find community be a part of something larger than themselves
d. To make the world a better
Lecture XV Nationalism and Civilizations
Identity and layers of identification
a. who we understand ourselves to be
b. how others see and recognize us
a. Cultural factors: language, ethnicity, religion.
Lecture XIV Insights From Psychology
Do people inherently enjoy violence?
a. Football, cage fighting, movies (think of the Romans!)
b. Watching violence is one thing, participating in it is another
b.i. Are otherwise ordinary people, inclined to commit
Lecture XII Constructivism
a. Understanding of self
Recognition by other
c. Role identitystudents help construct my identity as Professor
d. Absent the social context, identity is meaningless
a. First encounter t
Lecture XIII Feminism
What is gender?
a. Sex versus gender roles and characteristics Does gender refer to something
biological or socially constructed? Or both. (Tickners view: For feminists,
warrior-citizenship is neither a negative, unavoidable chara
Book- King Lear, IV- I
Act 4 scene one~
Edgar ponders about his situation and then sees his father who has been blinded by
Gloucester talks about how he only wishes to touch his son Edgar once more, but Edgar keeps up
with his Poor Tom disguise
Question 1: The Issue of Piety
In ancient Athens, piety was a virtue that was deemed most important and that everyone
must be pious in order to be a responsible citizen. However, there was not a clear definition of
piety written in any law code; instead i
Brief overview of alienation
Alienation from the product he produces:
Alienation from labor:
Alienation from the human race:
Alienation from man to man:
To sum up: Man gives up ownership of ones own labor means he gives up the chance to
Human condition is defined as the unique features of being human and as the irreducible
part of humanity that is inherent. Jerzy Kosinski believes that humans are doomed to a history of
murder and destruction regardless of any political structure
politics and political philosophy have one thing in common, and that is argument. Politics means taking sides; it is partisan. A partisan difference like this one is not a clash of "values," with each side blind to the other and with no way to decide
For Thursday 4/3: review Book of Job, all. And reread Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," that you originally read for week 7. www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/orwell46.htm Paper #2 is due April 15th. Your TAs will be sending out my thoughts on
For Tuesday, April 15. Read J.S. Mill, On Liberty, chapters 1-3 ("Of Individuality"). Note: I will not hesitate to quiz you on Mill, even though your paper is due the same day. Paper #2-due April 15th. 1. Is Stoicism necessarily a socially conservati
For Thursday, April 10, review Epictetus all. Be sure to read White's "Introduction," 110. Paper #2 is due April 15 th. 1. Epictetus (pronounced Epic TEE tus) Not Greek (our only non-Greek), but Roman, born about 55 CE. But wrote in "koine (or common
For Friday 4/3, review Book of Job, all. Focus on 38.1-end. For Tuesday, 4/8, Epictetus, Handbook, all. (It's very short) Paper #2 is due April 15 th. 1. Relevance of the Book of Job to political theory. The theory of "liberal democracy" and meaning.
Jerzy Kosinski reveals the barbaric acts of civilians in times of war, showing how war
changes our sheer humanity. Passed from village to village, he tells the tale of a small gypsy boy
wandering without parents during World War II. The horrific tales of