Category Archives: Political Philosophy

Authority-based Power

“Organizational theorists argue that organizational goals are only rarely established by people in positions of formal authority” (Shafritz et al., 2005). Using Kenney’s From Pablo to Osama, comment on the previous quote and examine how power relations are established and … Continue reading

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James Mooney and Alan C. Reiley

James Mooney and Alan C. Reiley Four principles of how organizations should be structured: Coordination through unity of command, emphasized the importance of strong executive leadership exercised through a hierarchical chain of command. “scalar” principal, the vertical division of labor … Continue reading

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Notes on Nicomachean Ethics Book VII, VIII, and XI by Aristotle

Book VII Self-restraint Unrestrained person doesn’t make choice, acting without choosing (Anger doesn’t have object) Deficiency——————————-Excess Moderation———————-Dissipation Restrained (enduring pull of desires) Unrestrained (softness)–without thinking; ignorance of the facts; unable to think clearly; desire: Incontinent with qualification–victory, honor, wealth Incontinent … Continue reading

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From Pablo to Osama

Introduction: Michael thinks that there are two types of knowledge—techne and metis. Techne belong to abstract technical knowledge, which is taught through formal instruction, while metis is experiential and intuitive knowledge, which is used to adapt to continually changing environments. … Continue reading

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Notes on Nicomachean Ethics Book V & VI, by Aristotle

Book V Just man acts justly. Knowledge could be used either good or evil. Unjust: unlawful & inequitable (claim more) Just: lawful & equitable Justice is whole of virtue; is completed virtue—treating others well Justice indicates two different things: complete … Continue reading

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Notes on Nicomachean Ethics Book III & IV, by Aristotle

Wishing for certain ends–deliberating about the means–choosing a means to the end–acting willing as a result–over time–habits form–habits shape our character. Virtues: Courage–Fear & pain                               … Continue reading

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Notes on Second Treatise of Government, by John Locke, chapter 8

Thesis: political society began from the majorities’ consent. Hereditary monarchy began from the paternal right. People enter into political society from the state of nature by giving their consent to the commonwealths freely. Structure: How political society comes into being … Continue reading

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