Plato and Locke 1) Plato a) Pros Types of Government i) Aristocracy (1) Best!

– “Philosopher” rules kingdom in the way that is best for all of civilization see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosopher_king ii) Oligarchy (1) Organized (2) Motivated (Money) iii) Timocracy (1) Spirited iv) Democracy (1) Equal rights v) Tyranny b) Cons Types of Government i) Oligarchy (1) Too Material ii) Timocracy (1) Too rash iii) Democracy (1) Freedom is misconceived (2) “freedom” really anarchy, “shamelessness” really courage, “good breeding” really arrogance iv) Tyranny (1) Degenerate of Society c) Soul and Individual i) A person can also be one or the other of these things ii) Oligarchy (1) Out of tyrant (2) To awful iii) Timocracy (1) Will grow out of an Oligarch (2) Realize his father is too material iv) Democracy (1) Out of Timocrat (2) Too rigid, no freedom v) Tyranny (1) Out of Democrat (2) Too free no rigidity d) Best would be philosopher. 2) Locke a) Very different historical context – Locke’s big political agenda is against the Divine Rights of Kings b) Still very much juxtaposed to Plato, who severely hated Democracy… see essay on democracy c) State of Nature all being are equal, men are generally good

d) Private Property is a problem… sort of socialistic e) People exchange some of their natural rights to enter into society with other people, and be protected by common laws and a common executive power to enforce the laws. f) Government exists for the people and should be overthrown if it doesn’t work g) Abiding by the majorities opinion h) Lacks of Nature i) Established law ii) Indifferent Judge iii) Power to back law and judgment Aristotle and Bacon (see Empiricism Essay) 1) Aristotle a) Syllogism based in experience. b) That which we sense is fact c) Ultimate source of pleasure, and therefore the goal of knowledge is learning or understanding for the sake of understanding. d) Soul is the container for reason 2) Bacon a) Angry with stagnation of knowledge b) Idols c) Induction, syllogism is good for argument, not good for understanding d) “For the end which this science of mine proposes is the invention not of arguments but of arts; not of things in accordance with principles, but of principles themselves; not of probable reasons, but of designations and directions for works. And as the intention is different, so, accordingly, is the effect; the effect of the one being to overcome an opponent in argument, of the other to command nature in action.” i) Purpose of knowledge is to control nature e) Cautions use of senses…“senses deceive; but then at the same time they supply the means of discovering their own errors; only the errors are here, the means of discovery are to seek” f) “We have no reason to be ashamed of the discoveries which have been made, and no doubt the ancients proved themselves in everything that turns on wit and abstract meditation, wonderful men. But, as in former ages, when men sailed only by observation of the stars, they could indeed coast along the shores of the old continent or cross a few small and Mediterranean seas; but before the ocean could be traversed and the new world discovered, the use of the mariner's needle, as a more faithful and certain guide, had to be found out; in like manner the discoveries which have been hitherto made in the arts and sciences are such as might be made by practice, meditation, observation, argumentation — for they lay near to the senses and immediately beneath common notions; but before we can reach the remoter and more hidden parts of nature, it is necessary that a more perfect use and application of the human mind and intellect be introduced.”