Pol 266 (CN & FYI): First essay

Essay 1

Your answer should be typed, 1000-1500 words (3-5 double-space pp.), and include a source citation for any events you use in your analysis. No title pages, please: just put your name on the top of the first page.

College Now: Due Tuesday, October 8
Freshman Year Initiative: Due Friday, October 11

Answer the following questions in one continuous essay. Where appropriate, use a current event or ongoing phenomenon to illustrate your analysis in answering the following questions:

1. What is Crick’s understanding of politics? What else would you include? What would you exclude? Why?
2. Crick bases his version of politics on Aristotle’s notion of the polis as an aggregate; among the implications of this is that a recognition of diverse interests requires freedom. Does politics as such require diversity? Does ‘unity’ or a quest for unity always lead to a suppression of politics? Relatedly, how does politics require freedom? Are freedom and unity always in opposition?
3. How does a practice (of science, engineering, or politics) become an ideology? What is the ideology of science and engineering and why does Crick think it is such a threat to politics? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
4. In Antigone, Creon seeks to exclude a cultural practice—the burial of Polynices—in order to make a political point. What are the respective claims of Creon and Antigone? Is there any way to determine which one is correct? Is the conflict mainly one of wrong versus right, or something else? If both (or neither) is right, then what? How ought political authority deal with cultural demands, and how ought demands from culture deal with political authority?

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About proftp

I teach political science and bioethics as an adjunct at a CUNY school.
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