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1 Power in American Society
Political Science 110J Power in American Society

2 Course Website
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 authority Legitimacy Sources of Power (broadly): Force Economy Politics Sources of Legitimacy: Law Culture, religion, custom Charisma

5 Two Kinds of Liberty Ideal types, almost never encountered in pure form Negative Liberty is having no masters Absence of constraint Positive Liberty is being your own master Constraint 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 trees Teleology (teleological) Understanding a thing with its telos in mind Linear 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 rights Negative liberty The market Individuals

9 Republicanism Emphases Value of citizenship
Ties that bind citizens to state and vice versa Community & communal identity Positive liberty Virtue 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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