Western political philosophy – Essay Furious


In commenting on the two great themes of Western political philosophy, Tinder states: This brings us to a position overlooking one of the great chasms in the Western political mind. On one side lies what can be called the politics of redemption [holding] that the goal of politics and of political thought is a life on earth that is altogether good. There are no great, unconquerable evils in human nature or in the essential structure of earthly life. Felicity is not a gift of God, nor is it reserved for a heavenly existence or a time after death. It can be attained through human wisdom and planning here on earth. On the other side of the chasm lies the politics of convenience. This is a politics based either on skepticism about the capacities of human beings and the possibilities of life on earth, or on satisfaction with things as they are. Both attitudes prompt a politics of low expectations and low demands, since the world either cannot or need not be much improved. Government is not called upon to bring salvation but only to enhance the convenience of life. From the list of political thinkers we have taken up in this class, choose one thinker exemplifying the politics of redemption and one exemplifying the politics of convenience. 2) Place your thinker in one or the other category mentioned by Tinder and defend your choice by marshalling arguments from passages (quotes) of the thinker and from commentaries on the thinker you may have gathered from your own research (Be sure to check with your professor that your sources are academically valid and solid sources). [50 points] This paper is not an opinion paper, but rather a research paper, where your arguments need to be supported by quotes and sources. Format and length of paper: Format is MLA with 1 1/2/spacing and 12 point font. Length of paper 10-12 pages and works cited.

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