Recommends it for: Political Science Students, philosophers Recommended to Michael by: TOS RL Shelves: philosophy , politics This book is a series of questions that students should consider about political life which is to say life where it intersects with other people , and some reflections that are intended to encourage the reader to think about answers. It does not answer its own questions - that would defeat the purpose of generating thought. The discussions that follow each question include some basic information on the ways that political thinkers and philosophers of the past have approached the question. As This book is a series of questions that students should consider about political life which is to say life where it intersects with other people , and some reflections that are intended to encourage the reader to think about answers. As such, it is an excellent teaching-tool for Intellectual History, Political Science, or Philosophy.
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This question really sets the tone for the rest of the book, because if humans are estranged then we would not be living together in societies, therefore not needing political science to answer such questions that deal with societies. It merely suggests that with humans living in societies estrangement arises, not that we are estranged in essence. By deffinition estrangement signifies alienation: a separation from hostility. And it is derrived from the latin word extraneare: to treat as a stranger.
So do humans by nature treat others as strangers, are they alienated from one another at there core? Tinder attempts to show us two such philosophers who would show us the two sides of this argument so that we may gain clarity and decide the essence of humans with the knowledge of great thinkers as our foundation.
Those two great thinkers are Aristotle who believes that humans are not estranged, and Thomas Hobbes who subscribes to the idea that humans are estranged in essence.
So with these two thinkers as the backbone of this debate we can get to the bottom of the question at hand. The seminal philosopher in the argument that humans are not estranged is Aristotle. The concept of human nature extremely broad, it can be used to describe not only the greatness and strength of a man, but also weakness and disadvantages.
Human nature is unique in its contradictory unity of the material and the spiritual sides. However, with this In Politea, Aristotle states that Nevertheless, common interest too is a factor in bringing them together, in so far as it contributes to the good life of each.
The good life is indeed their chief end, both communally and individually; but they form and continue to maintain a political association for the sake of life itself.
Perhaps we may say that there is an element of good even in mere living, provided that life is not excessively beset with troubles. Certainly most men, in their desire to keep alive, are prepared to face a great deal of suffering, as if finding in life itself a certain well-being and a natural sweetness.
For, by the deffinition aforementioned of being estranged man would not and certainly could not live together, and certainly not for institutions to keep those bonds strong. Afterall who in their right mind would enjoy or choose living in a state of hostility. Aristotle would almost certainly dissapprove of this version of nature. Living in a state of hostility for him would be almost a tyrannical form of life with fear as the tyrant itself.
Since Aristotle ultimately approves of a Monarchy aiming at the common interest he admits that humans do suffer from feelings of estrangement but that a single outstanding man or small group can, through reason, render useless feelings of estrangement in a society by way of distributive justice.
I find it some what surprising that it could inspire someone so much that it can weaken the pain that they are feeling.
Because in my experience love is what makes Hobbes basically implies that man in the state of nature is in such a horrible condition that we actually seek peace through coming together under a social contract. Hobbes suggests that to get out of the state of nature that men must build a leviathan government that can sustain a social contract. Since Hobbes has such little faith in us to rule ourselves democratically, he suggests that an absolute elected monarchy would best suit us.
This is an interesting choice because, he implys that we need a single man who can rule absolutely to battle forms of estrangement. In other words if we were left to our own devices with out the control of an absolute monarch we would kill ourselves. Fear has a lot to do with estrangement because people who are estranged live in fear of hostility from strangers. Since fear is spawned from estrangement it is easy to see how Hobbes would not trust human nature in any sense of the word.
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