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POLITICAL THEORY – Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes was a 17th century English Philosopher. Who is on hand to guide us through one of the thorniest issues of politics. To what extent should we patiently obey rulers, especially those who are not very good and to what extent should we start revolutions and depose governments, in search of a better world. […]

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Why Socrates Hated Democracy

We are used to thinking very highly of democracy – and by extension, of Ancient Athens, the civilisation that gave rise to it. The Parthenon has become almost a byword for democratic values, which is why so many leaders of democracies like to be photographed there. It’s therefore very striking to discover that one of […]

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John Locke – a 5-minute summary of his philosophy
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John Locke – a 5-minute summary of his philosophy

John Locke was a hugely influential English philosopher of the 17th Century whose ideas, particularly in the realm of political philosophy, are still hugely relevant today. Born in 1632, Locke is an important figure of the early European Enlightenment, and certainly many of his ideas and a considerable influence on later major Enlightenment thinkers such […]

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Interpreting the Bill of Rights
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Interpreting the Bill of Rights

IN “DEMOCRACY’S DISCONTENT,” I BEGIN WITH THE CONTRAST BETWEEN TWO POLITICAL PHILOSOPHIES, ONE LIBERAL, THE OTHER REPUBLICAN. THE MAIN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE LIBERAL AND THE REPUBLICAN PUBLIC PHILOSOPHIES LIES IN THE CONCEPTION OF FREEDOM AND OF CITIZENSHIP THAT THEY AFFIRM, AND THE LIBERAL CONCEPTION TO BE FREE, TO BE A FREE CITIZEN, IS TO BE […]

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POLITICAL THEORY – John Locke
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POLITICAL THEORY – John Locke

The 17th century English philosopher, John Locke, is to be remembered for his wise and brilliant contributions to three great issues that continue to concern us to this day: how we should educate our children, who should rule over us, and what we should do about people who have different religious ideas to us. Locke […]

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