Presentation on theme: "Power in American Society"— Presentation transcript:
1 Power in American Society Political Science 110JPower in American Society
2 Course Website adamgomez.wordpress.com/teaching/110JFA2010 All course documents (syllabus, lecture slides, essay prompts, online readings) can be found here
3 Key terms & ideas Ideal types Abstracted for understanding Never found in pure form
4 Sources of Power (broadly): Power and authorityLegitimacySources of Power (broadly):ForceEconomyPoliticsSources of Legitimacy:LawCulture, religion, customCharisma
5 Two Kinds of LibertyIdeal types, almost never encountered in pure formNegativeLiberty is having no mastersAbsence of constraintPositiveLiberty is being your own masterConstraint can be used to help you act as you would if you had better understanding
6 Telos The end of a thing as a part of that thing Example: acorns & oak treesTeleology (teleological)Understanding a thing with its telos in mindLinear movement toward the telos of a thing
7 Two major political philosophies inform the structure of American government liberalism & republicanism
8 Liberalism Emphases: Primacy of reason Reason vs. passion, interest Universal rightsNegative libertyThe marketIndividuals
9 Republicanism Emphases Value of citizenship Ties that bind citizens to state and vice versaCommunity & communal identityPositive libertyVirtue and corruption (faction, interest)Classicalist
10 What is power? How do we talk about it? What does it mean to be free?What is America? Who is an American?What is the American telos? Is there one?Who are we, and what will we do?
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