Unit-5 Political Arguments And Conceptual Analysis

The prime objective of this unit is to understand the nature of political arguments and the purpose of conceptual analysis in political theory.

Bring out the nature of political arguments in the western classical tradition.

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  • Political arguments, in this tradition, have generally been of a normative nature due to the fact that the subjects of concern and reflection have been matters such as:
  • what is justice?
  • Are there human rights and if so, what are they?
  • What is the role of the state? 
  • Do individuals have definable needs and if so, who has an obligation to satisfy them?
  • Should the government seek the greatest happiness of the greatest number and, if it should, what is the place of the minorities within this rubric?
  • What gives government legitimacy and a state sovereignty?
  • What sorts of claims on resources does the recognition of merit or desert embody?
  • How far is the majority justified in imposing its moral outlook on the rest of society?
  • Can we give an adequate account of the social and political institutions?
  • What is the best form of government?

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