Category Archives: HCJ Seminar Papers

HCJ FOUR: Totalitarianism (My Seminar Paper) Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism analyses the two major totalitarian movements of the 20th century, Nazism and Stalinism. Totalitarianism differs from other forms of political oppression such as despotism (a single entity rules with absolute power), tyranny (cruel and aggressive government or rule) and … Continue reading

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HCJ THREE: (Seminar Paper) Max Weber, Economy and Society

“It is horrible to think that the world could one day be filled with nothing but little men clinging to little jobs and striving toward bigger ones.” (Weber)  Weber was fascinated with power and how it can be made legitimate. The German sociologist and political … Continue reading

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HCJ TWO: Seminar Paper: Empiricism and Rationalism in the 17th and 18th centuries: Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz

Western philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries is divided between British empiricism and continental rationalism. These theories are concerned with Epistemology (philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge). Descartes, Leibniz and Spinoza were rationalists. … Continue reading

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HCJ: Discussions from my seminar paper: Plato’s Utopia and Aristotle’s Politics

Plato’s Utopia (1) The young must be taught that evils never come from the gods, for God is not the author of all things, but only of good things. (So who is the creator of the ‘bad’ things?) (2) Homer … Continue reading

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History and Context: Seminar Paper: Classical Theory of State

Ideas of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle In our third HCJ lecture I was delighted to be learning about someone I had previously studied during my A-level in Classical Civilisations. After studying Aristophanes’ plays and the basic structure of Athenian democracy … Continue reading

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