By Harvey C. Mansfield
The ebook is a quick chronological account of Western political inspiration interspersed with a few of the author's suggestions. i used to be disillusioned at the beginning while i spotted how brief this e-book I had acquired was once simply because i used to be hoping for a few meaty interpreting, yet i spotted that the most function of this e-book is to direct the reader to the particular texts. Mansfield offers a quick record on the finish of the booklet of the easiest translations.
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Mansﬁeld the king (who was not authorized by the people) to the people. Thus is born government that owes its being, not merely its support, to the consent of the people. The people were not understood by Hobbes to be a working democracy—a government he disliked—and any distinctions within the people, such as nobles and commoners, owed their existence in his system to the decision of the sovereign, hence ultimately to the consent of the people. Still, whatever the sovereign decides the people must obey, because they have authorized the sovereign to act on their behalf.
Both complaints have some truth to them, and both have fueled rage and enmity toward the bourgeoisie, Marx on the Left and Nietzsche on the Right. Nietzsche looked to a new man, a “Superman” in the future, who by his proud creativity would overcome the ghastly herdlike conformism of democratic mass man, now hardly a man— 47 Harvey C. ” Disgust with the bourgeoisie became the theme of Western culture as society divided into those who made money and those (on both Left and Right) who despised money-making.
It was Machiavelli who first put fact to the fore, in his idea of the effectual truth. A fact is something that cannot be disputed. You must adjust to facts; they don’t adjust to you. Facts speak for themselves. The same is not quite true of nature, and the difference is that the nature of a thing is often not easy to see and so seems to be a matter of opinion. You can see, for example, that you have lost a battle, but whether you deserve to lose is arguable, and from the standpoint of the fact, useless.
A Student's Guide to Political Philosophy (Isi Guides to the Major Disciplines) by Harvey C. Mansfield