Politics Final Exam

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DEGREES OF M.A. (ARTS) AND M.A. (SOCIAL SCIENCES)

8 DECEMBER 2020

POLITICS

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POLITICS 2A: HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT (POLITIC2001) ***ANSWER ONE QUESTION FROM EACH SECTION***

***You must answer ONE question from each section in this exam with a word limit of no more than 750 words per question and you must state your word count for each question answered. Answers for both questions should be given within the same document.***

Section Two: Reformation and Enlightenment

  1. What is the significance of self-preservation in Hobbes’ thought.
  2. What are Locke’s reasons for opposing absolute monarchy?
  3. Explain the role of ‘Nature’ in Rousseau’s political thought?
  4. What, according to Immanuel Kant, was the basis for Perpetual Peace between nations?

Section Three: Revolution and Reform

  1. Compare and contrast Edmund Burke’s view of the French Revolution with that of Thomas Paine?
  2. Critically assess the role of reason in Wollstonecraft’s argument in A Vindication of the Rights of Women.
  3. Why did Karl Marx think that other socialists were bourgeois, reactionary, or utopian?
  4. Why did Mill believe that ‘the principle which regulates the existing social relations between the two sexes – the legal subordination of one sex to the other – is wrong in itself’.

 

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