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Mid Semester Contemporary Political Philosophy

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Mid Semester take home exam — 4 questions and answers on political philosophy 1. Can we, as John Holloway insists, change the world without taking power? 2. Rorty urges philosophers 'to keep the conversation going rather than to find objective truth' (2009, p. 377). How is this relevant to thinking about politics? 3. 'Since politics is the art of lying, the public defence of truth is its necessary antidote.' Critically discuss. 4. How compelling is Vaneigem’s critique of capitalist society and the methods used to reproduce it?

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Philosophy Deception Metaphysics Theories of truth Bullshit Feces Interjections Profanity Lie Truth Penn & Teller: Bullshit! John Holloway
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Philosophy Deception Metaphysics Theories of truth Bullshit Feces Interjections Profanity Lie Truth Penn & Teller: Bullshit! John Holloway
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In fact, Holloway does not actually insist that we can change the world without taking power; he claims to not know the answer. Instead, what he does insist is that “the only way to find out is to do it” . My claim is that we cannot change 1 the world without taking power. Firstly, consider Holloway’s main basis against taking power: alternative forms of revolutionary theory have not been successful because their object of desire has always been the state, therefore the struggle should not be focused on the state. He thinks that since the state is entrenched in a system of power relations the world cannot be changed by taking state power. He claims that stat...
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