Introduction to Political Theory
Political philosophers have all defined the “good life” differently. The thinker’s definition of the good life is also intimately connected with the thinker’s views on the ideal political system. Pick any one of the following political philosophers and discuss their views on the good life and the corresponding political system that can actualize such a life. Does that political philosopher believe that human nature is capable of such transformation? Describe how the political philosopher suggests transforming human beings from their current nature to that of the preferred/ideal state.
USE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, John Locke, Rousseau, Marx, or Nietzsche
Outside research is NOT required for the paper. However, if you choose to use outside materials, please refrain from citing non-scholarly sources, such as wikipedia, and non-scholarly websites. In your outside research, please only utilize scholarly sources, such as library books, journals and professional publications. I encourage you to rely upon the actual writings, not somebody else’s summary of them. Citations are, of course, required, but the method of citation (MLA, endnotes, footnotes, etcetera) is up to the student.
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