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Authors on leaders, leadership, and the crave for power

Where does the need to become a leader come from? Is it an animal instinct and humans as social animals need an alpha male figure to lead the mob? Are individuals who eager for power dangerous for ...
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John Dewey Interest and Discipline

In Chapter 10 of the book Democracy and Education by John Dewey, what does Dewey mean when he writes the following: The school cannot immediately escape from the ideals set by prior social ...
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Democracy of Education by John Dewey

What does it mean when he states, “Education is the laboratory in which philosophic distinctions become concrete and are tested.” This is in John Dewey's Democracy and Education, Chapter 24: ...
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Are there any fascist thinkers who oppose militarism?

Are there any fascist thinkers who oppose militarism? What happens in a fascist state that can't declare war on other states?
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Who Are the Most Prominent Modern Socialist Thinkers?

Who Are The Ten Most Prominent Modern Socialist Thinkers? (Big Tent: Social Democrats, Socialists, Communists, etc. are all acceptable).
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Why did Socrates not believe in democracy?

According to Plato's writings, Socrates went on trial and was executed because he didn't believe in democracy while people practiced it in Athens. What was the core arguments or reasons that he didn'...
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Kant's “Perpetual Peace” and separation of powers

Kant's "Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch" states that democracy is a despotic form of government, because the laws are made and executed by the same power. This was published in 1795, after ...
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Current, eminent philosophers addressing political/democratic theory?

Are there any well received philosophers still writing today about politics and democracy in 2017 and/or what may be some ways forward for the international community?
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Has anyone discussed the computerisation of democracy?

Has anyone discussed the computerisation of democracy? I read that a lot of middle class jobs are going to go missing soon, due to technological progress. Does that include government roles, such ...
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How is agency involved in parliamentary democracy?

How is agency involved in parliamentary democracy? So it seems quite trivial that my vote won't, or never will, make a difference to the result. Does that mean that my agency has no role in the ...
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What are reasonable basic obligations of citizens in democratic societies?

Theorists (Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel) have often discussed the state's obligations to its citizens, but nowadays it seems we need a definitive-but-succinctly articulated account of citizens'...
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Education of civil servants

I was wondering what would happen, if we required the people who serve in top positions in a democracy (president...) to go through a dedicated school, that would be free for anyone who wants to ...
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Is freedom of speech meaningful if there is no freedom from consequences?

How is freedom of speech meaningful if you have to always bear consequences of it like it would be in a society without freedom of speech? In a democratic and free country you'll be punished if you ...
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Can it be said that the tennents of democracy are Philosophical in nature? Why/ why not?

philosophy is defined as the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline. Different philosophies examine how we should ...
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Should I vote for what is best for me or what is best for others?

I live and vote in a constituency where the policies of Party A are better for the long-term success of my business, which determines the material conditions of my well-being and that of my family. ...
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Are there contemporary arguments against democracy as inherently flawed?

Consider the following idea: In the modern democratic form of government where the person or group in power are chosen through elections, and in a situation where the current elected government is ...
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Would Foucault advocate democracy?

It seems like democracy is a form of government where there is a balance of power between citizens and the government. Would Foucault be in support of this type of government?
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Is “group X is responsible for the action (or inaction) of politician Y because they are the majority of voters” a fallacious argument?

I have read this very useful answer which suggests that the moral responsibility of an individual voter for the actions of a politician they voted for, is limited. However, the comments on that ...
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Instrumental right to vote and socialism, are they in conflict?

From an instrumental point of view, in democracy, when we exercise the right to vote, we are “selling” our votes to the highest bidder in a “free market” where we choose to vote by the candidate or ...
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Why Equal Rights?

It seems like the concept im describing is called Utilitarianism it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong Update Clarification Rights(examples): ...
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Do people have the right to split off part of a sovereign state?

On one hand we have sovereign nation states with stable, recognised borders. On the other hand there can be groups of people inside them that want to split off to become independent, or join a ...
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What reason does an individual have to vote?

Given that the outcome of an election will be the same whether one individual votes or not, what reason does that individual have to vote? Obviously there is an extremely unlikely case where one vote ...
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Can public funding panels properly represent the interests of the public?

The public funds a large number of projects in the arts, humanities and sciences. How this funding is distributed is decided by a small group of people who given the power to make a decision on behalf ...
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Legitimacy of peer review

Many matters in academia, such as who gets funding, what gets published and who gets employed are settled by a relatively small group of people. This applies quite broadly, from the arts to the ...
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Is there any difference between Populism and Democracy ?

I'm from India, the world's largest functional democracy. We often hear of political opponents criticizing each other for being 'populist' and for 'forgoing good governance'. And we also hear the term ...
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What does Nozick exactly say in his Demoktesis argument?

I know Wikipedia is not an excellent reference, but I quote from Wikipedia: Demoktesis is a thought-experiment designed to show the incompatibility of democracy with libertarianism in general and ...
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Is Autocracy superior to Democracy?

Dr. Stockmann in An Enemy of the People said: "...the strongest man in the world is the man who stands most alone." He also said: "A minority may be right; a majority is always wrong." It seems make ...
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What kind of government did Aristotle consider the best?

If Aristotle was opposed to democracy as an ideal form of government, what kind of government did he consider the best?
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Is it ever morally ethical to override the majority in a democracy?

Is it ever morally ethical to override the majority in a democracy if you feel morally obliged to do so? For example, a recent 'yougov' poll stated that a majority (I think somewhere in the mid-...
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Is “Don't blame me; I voted for ___” a bad argument?

Is there a fallacy in the argument, "Don't blame me; I voted for ..."? Or is a voter's entire responsibility for their contribution to whatever current state of political affairs they experience ...
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Was the Republic a meritocracy?

One direct way of stating the heart of the question might be: is there sufficient textual evidence and support for the assertion that Plato's Republic contains meritocratic elements? A second and ...
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What forms of democracy allocate variable numbers of votes to their citizens?

Some are pointing out that democracy with equal vote is not optimal and they propose that people should have variable numbers of votes based on their education, usefulness or other social factors. ...
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Is Nietzsche suggesting that the “free spirit” is a democrat in On the Genealogy of Morals?

It is no secret that Nietzsche had contempt for democracy. In Beyond Good and Evil, he compared democrats, those people of democracy who think that humans are all equal and free, to a herd of farm ...