Agonistic View Of Politics

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Ngiang Hui Min Kally A0162455E PS2258 October 2, 2017 1. Explain the difference between (a) the “agonistic” or tragic view of politics and (b) the “measurement and management” view of politics using the Antigone and Aristotle’s Politics as your resources. “Agonistic” or tragic view of politics describe a situation in which any method of resolving a conflict will lead to a tragic end. The “measurement and management” is when the leaders need to seek the greatest satisfaction or the least bad option when they are presented with two competing rights (lecture 2, Aug 25, 2017). The key difference between these two views on politics is that the “agonistic” view is more pessimistic, while the “measurement and management” view is more optimistic…show more content…
All three of these factions tried to claim a space for their mode of practicing Christianity and are willing to use arms against the other groups in order to defend themselves (lecture 3). Due to this existing conflict, Locke proposed the separation of the Church and the state with the combination of religious toleration in order to restrict their power as well as eliminate the rise of other religious factions (evidence). Locke believes that religion and the state have different duties, thus, you can’t combine them into a state religion (evidence). (Evidence) He states that the state exists to ensure civil goods (i.e. properties for people to live their life and the liberty to live life as one sees fit). Laws and actions can only address problem of liberty and properties and cannot touch on matters of faith (evidence). The only time the state can interfere with religion is when that religion denied the property and liberty of others in society (lecture 3). Thus, religion becomes individualistic because it is matter of personal conviction rather than a belief that is forced upon someone from external pressure. Joining a church has also become a voluntary action (evidence), where individuals only associate themselves with a church if they are willing to practice their belief together. This result in the state becoming a guarantor of this open field of practice, where they would only take action against any religion that tried to suppress the other religion. Locke further proposes the idea of radical toleration, in which all may practice their religion to the extent that they tolerate the practice of other religions (lecture 3); a solution Locke believes can thwart religious wars because he believe that a religion that coerce people into believing it is no longer a
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