New PDF release: A Dictionary of Political Thought

By Roger Scruton

ISBN-10: 1349064130

ISBN-13: 9781349064137

ISBN-10: 1349064157

ISBN-13: 9781349064151

This re-creation takes inventory of the progressive adjustments that experience taken position because the dictionary was once first released in 1982. 1790 entries hide each point of political notion delivering an necessary consultant to the idea, the knowledge and the folly of contemporary politics by way of the most lucid philosophers of our time.

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Political constraint on art. Art brings about peculiar transformations of human consciousness. Attempts to diagnose the effect also lead to proposals to restrain it. *Plato would have banned all art from his Republic - save only those forms of music that seemed suitable to moral development. Plato's recommendations have sometimes been followed - notably during the 'Cultural Revolution' in China. But it is more common to pay lip-service to artistic freedom, and to argue that political interference in artistic activity is unwise or impossible, except in so far as it falls under the idea of legitimate *censorship.

For related but different reasons *totalitarianism aims to bring all associations within the orbit of the state, so that they take their nature, constitution and purposes from the central power. The 'freedom of association' is therefore an important issue in modern politics, sometimes taken to concern a basic *freedom without which elementary *human rights cannot be respected. The issue is inextricably bound up with that of the *autonomous institution. Institutions are associations which asylum have achieved an identity independent of their members, and which can therefore become active forces which change the purposes of their members.

Unlike the later thinkers who regarded positive law as filling in the gaps left by natural law, Aquinas often seems to argue as though natural law is sufficient in itself to generate all positive laws. If we conjoin it with the particular 'determinations' that characterize this or that social or political arrangement, then the natural law will generate the human laws which, in those circumstances, uniquely specify what is just. Thus by the natural law, all property belongs to men in common, provided that no one has been induced to labour in anticipation of a right of ownership.

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