This paper analyzes historical disagreements among utilitarians, specifically regarding justice and political theory. Utilitarians hold varying perspectives on the existence of universal rules that maximize utility, and whether total or average utility should be maximized. After reviewing centuries of discourse, this paper defends the author’s thoughts on utilitarianism.
This paper analyzes the historical significance of John Locke’s political philosophy, specifically regarding the American Revolution. The historical analysis of absolutism, natural rights, and political philosophy is vital to understanding the modern context of these concepts and their reflections in contemporary governments.
This essay asserts that national identity is a manifestation of humanity’s natural desire to seek patterns, simplify complex matters, and acquire a sense of belonging. However, human intelligence allows us to recognize the flaws of our social tendencies and to rethink identity in the vision of intergroup unity.
Who is worthy of governing? When should authority be questioned and obeyed? Is concentrated power destined to be corrupted? This article utilizes Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan (1651) to explore these questions and more.
This article, written for the Mount Observer, identifies crucial flaws of the traditional left-right political spectrum and introduces peers to a broader ideological map, The Political Compass.
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Among the first debates of the new republic was how to balance democracy and authority; a challenge that continues to shape American politics today. James Madison, fearing an “excess of democracy”, proposed a system of modest popular participation alongside a clearly defined ruling class.