POLI 305 Review Spring 2014

 

Mid-term Examination (15%) - to demonstrate your understanding of crucial themes and differences between various modern political theorists.

 

Political Philosophy

-       etymology

-       content

 

Modernity

Wittrock argues against two countervailing conceptions of the substantive spatio-temporal nature of modernity (namely what?) in favor of a different way of conceiving of modernity (that is?).

 

French Revolution

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.

 

 

 

Relevant concepts

L, M, H

 

L

 

 

Kant

E

 

 

 

F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L

 

 

Wollstonecraft

E

 

 

 

F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L

 

 

Hegel

E

 

 

 

F

 

 

 

 

Pictures – identify

 

List of concepts –associate each with the most relevant Philosopher.

 

Unattributed quotes –identify and briefly explain in relation to the larger arguments of author.

 

Critical dialogue – briefly, what is the fundamental objection that each philosopher/ism might raise against the other two?

Contemporary Isms

Kant

Four schools of human rights thought.

 

Wollstonecraft

3+ waves of feminism.

 

Hegel

Distinguish 4 forms of contemporary communitarianism.

 

 

Essay Questions (Only one will be given on exam)

 

To the extent that political theory involves thinking critically, must all political philosophers tend to despise the status quo targets of her/his analysis, and conversely feel justified in activist radical solutions?  Moreover, if so, might that affective stance compromise the validity of the analysis?  In answering refer specifically to interpretive issues involving Kant, Wollstonecraft, and Hegel, and cosmopolitanism, feminism, and communitarianism respectively.

 

 

 

While it is arguably true that all three of our philosophers: Kant, Wollstonecraft, and Hegel, and their respective isms: cosmopolitanism, feminism, and communitarianism, regard the task of Modernity as one of taking seriously liberty, equality, and fraternity, they differ somewhat in what they regard as the fundamental transformative features (and hence opportunities or challenges) of modernity that must be addressed by modern polities.  Explain and discuss.  Who do you think is most right, why?

 

 

 

In the case of each of our philosophers, Kant, Wollstonecraft, and Hegel, while we can point to distinctive strengths or insights, we have also noted certain weaknesses or blindspots.  Explain the latter, the blindspots or omissions, in terms of the underlying metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics adopted by each.  What if anything does this caution us about the practice of doing political philosophy?