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Alcibiades: Why The Politically Ambitious Cannot Be Educated To Philosophic Virtue, Tori Nickol Apr 2016

Alcibiades: Why The Politically Ambitious Cannot Be Educated To Philosophic Virtue, Tori Nickol

Political Science and International Relations Undergraduate Theses

In the Alcibiades I dialogue, Socrates attempts to educate the extremely ambitious and beautiful Alcibiades to a life of philosophic virtue. Despite this education, Alcibiades proceeds to a life of infamy and tyrannical aspirations, which prompts one to ask the question: what are the limits of a political individual in a philosophic life, and vice versa? Ultimately, an examination of the Alcibiades I dialogue reveals that political types generally fail as philosophers because they are dependent on the city for enabling their ignorance. Philosophers, by contrast, cannot be political men because they are too focused on the development of the ...


Hobbes’ Critique Of Religion: A Necessary Byproduct Of The Modern Project?, Bobbi Owen Apr 2015

Hobbes’ Critique Of Religion: A Necessary Byproduct Of The Modern Project?, Bobbi Owen

Political Science and International Relations Undergraduate Theses

Though Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan has been analyzed thoroughly by students of political theory, few scholars have examined his critique of religion and reinterpretation of scripture, which occurs in Part III of his work. Scholars who have attempted to analyze his critique do not agree about what he intended to accomplish with this reinterpretation. Some scholars claim that Hobbes’ reinterpretation is merely subversive; others have noted that Hobbes did not deny completely the existence of a god; finally, many have noted that Hobbes merely critiqued religion in order to ensure that it would not damage his political and scientific projects. While ...


Home Rule Or Rome Rule? The Fight In Congress To Prohibit Funding For Indian Sectarian Schools And Its Effects On Montana, Colin Gunstream Apr 2015

Home Rule Or Rome Rule? The Fight In Congress To Prohibit Funding For Indian Sectarian Schools And Its Effects On Montana, Colin Gunstream

Political Science and International Relations Undergraduate Theses

In the mid 1800's, Catholic Missions settled in Montana and sought to evangelize Native Americans. During this time, Catholic schools were established and this became the predominant mode of education for Native Americans. The schools relied heavily on financing from the Federal government, and when the decision to cut funding from these schools between 1896-1900, all of the Mission schools in Montana either closed or lost their significance. This thesis analyzes the different modes of thought in Congress and in interest groups from 1890-1900. This thesis argues that the National League for the Protection of American Institutions, a small ...


How Can Ghana Avoid An Oil Curse? Lessons From Nigeria, Michael Yamoah Apr 2013

How Can Ghana Avoid An Oil Curse? Lessons From Nigeria, Michael Yamoah

Political Science and International Relations Undergraduate Theses

Since Ghana discovered oil in large commercial quantities in 2007, many have questioned whether the country can avoid the resource curse. Defined as the inability of resource rich developing nations to benefit from such resource compared to non-resource rich nations, this thesis has proven mostly true in many developing nations. In this paper, I examine the importance of institutional quality in relation to avoiding the resource curse. I do this by methodically analyzing in historical context various indicators (Rule of Law, Effective Governance and Openness and Accountability), and argue that, resources (in this case, oil) are not in themselves a ...


"Women Who Want To Be Women": The Social And Political Antifeminism Of Phyllis Schlafly, Murry Warhank Apr 2004

"Women Who Want To Be Women": The Social And Political Antifeminism Of Phyllis Schlafly, Murry Warhank

Political Science and International Relations Undergraduate Theses

Not all feminists were women and not all who opposed the feminist movement were men. The latter is illustrated by the life of Phyllis Schlafly, nicknamed the “Darling of the Silent Majority.” Schlafly, educated at Radford, Harvard, and Washington University is a brilliant woman who had a long and influential career as a political writer and activist, but she made her name battling the very movement that helped her interests the most. Schlafly gained notoriety with the publication of A Choice, Not an Echo. Released in 1964, it contends that a small entourage of “Eastern-king makers” had denied conservatives the ...


A Model Of Managed Primary Commodities: Coffee And Colombia, Evan Hansen Apr 2000

A Model Of Managed Primary Commodities: Coffee And Colombia, Evan Hansen

Political Science and International Relations Undergraduate Theses

This study attempts to track the effects of coffee on the Colombian economy, and by doing so, it also hopes to analyze the Colombian efforts to lessen the effects of coffee on the national economy. By looking at the efforts by the Colombian government and other groups in Colombia, the reader then can see the beginnings of the serious coffee management in Colombia. The Colombians have always attempted to manage coffee, yet in the 1970s, their efforts to use coffee’s revenues to develop largely failed due to an unexpected fluctuation of prices. The coffee boom lasted from 1977 to ...


The Effects Of Religiosity, Economic Status, And Social Class Upon Social Justice Perspectives Of Faculty And Staff At A Small, Private, Catholic, Liberal Arts College, Renee St. Martin Apr 1999

The Effects Of Religiosity, Economic Status, And Social Class Upon Social Justice Perspectives Of Faculty And Staff At A Small, Private, Catholic, Liberal Arts College, Renee St. Martin

Political Science and International Relations Undergraduate Theses

The effects of religiosity, economic status, and social class upon social justice viewpoints of faculty and staff members at a small, private, Catholic, liberal arts college were investigated. This study was a partial replication of Perkins’ (1983, 1985, 1992) research into effects of religiosity upon social justice perspectives. The particular social justice perspectives included humanitarianism, egalitarianism, and racism. Respondents took a self-administered social attitudes and values survey. The results indicated that social justice perspectives are influenced not only by religiosity, economic status, and social class, but also age, gender, and political identification. The findings showed a similar relationship between strong ...


The Competent Leasing System: Continued Exploitation Of The Apsáalooke People, Benjamin Graham Apr 1996

The Competent Leasing System: Continued Exploitation Of The Apsáalooke People, Benjamin Graham

Political Science and International Relations Undergraduate Theses

The Apsaalooke people of southwestern Montana have a special relationship with their homelands. Unwilling to recognize this relationship, non-Indians have continually taken Apsaalooke lands as those lands appeared to have value. Today, white control of Apsaalooke lands continues though the competent leasing system. Though the abuses taking place within this system deserve both ethical and legal scrutiny, competent leasing as a device to wrest control of Apsaalooke lands has been undeniably successful. As with previous land-grabbing practices of the non-Indian, the success of the competent leasing system depends upon widespread social acceptance and support of dominating policies. By relying upon ...


The Dual Role Of The Roman Catholic Clergy In The Overthrow Of Somoza, Ronaldo Gallardo Apr 1996

The Dual Role Of The Roman Catholic Clergy In The Overthrow Of Somoza, Ronaldo Gallardo

Political Science and International Relations Undergraduate Theses

The Roman Catholic Church has been an integral part of the Hispanic world. The case of Nicaragua is no exception. Roman Catholic Missionaries arrived in Nicaragua simultaneously with the conquistadors. Since that time Nicaragua has dealt with civil war, revolutions, and political instability. The Catholic Church has sought to minister to the Nicaraguan people, regardless of the political stage. However, during the nineteen-sixties and seventies both Nicaragua and the Roman Catholic Church were experiencing revolutionary times. Nicaragua was dealing with the powerful Somoza regime, U. S. intervention, and a revival of the Sandino reform. The Catholic Church began to deal ...


A Hybridization Of An Allison-Barber Model Of Decision-Making In Explanation Of The Iran-Contra Affair, James Feucht Apr 1990

A Hybridization Of An Allison-Barber Model Of Decision-Making In Explanation Of The Iran-Contra Affair, James Feucht

Political Science and International Relations Undergraduate Theses

The Iran-Contra Affair of the 1980's created such a scandal upon its discovery that it was likened to the Watergate scandal'of the 1970's. For a time there were fears that a second U. S. President might be forced to resign his office in disgrace. Serious questions were raised about the intent and direction of the U. S. foreign policy. I will argue that the entire affair occurred as a result of a combination of a certain Presidential type and a certain process of decision-making. I will rely heavily on the work of Graham T. Allison and James ...


Refugee Politics And The Origins Of The Cold War: The Hungarian Experience In Montana, Margaret Hill Apr 1988

Refugee Politics And The Origins Of The Cold War: The Hungarian Experience In Montana, Margaret Hill

Political Science and International Relations Undergraduate Theses

Following the destruction caused by World War II, world leaders, specifically Franklin D. Roosevelt and Josef Stalin, were responsible for leading the mankind into a new era of post-war reconstruction. The necessary alliance of East and West was pitifully short-lived: the ideological conflict between capitalism and communism erupted into the Cold War. Caught in this conflict were countries struggling to rebuild themselves. Due to the quest for spheres of influence, parts of Eastern, as well as Western, Europe were divided between the two dominant powers. One of these nations was Hungary. Due to the national climate during the Cold War ...


An Analysis Of Voting Trends In Lewis And Clark County From 1948 To 1968, Timothy Mccauley Apr 1969

An Analysis Of Voting Trends In Lewis And Clark County From 1948 To 1968, Timothy Mccauley

Political Science and International Relations Undergraduate Theses

Lewis and, Clark County has, throughout the period of its existence, been one of Montana’s most unique and important political districts. Since 1965, Lewis and Clark County has also been known as Montana’s twenty-first political district. This new designation was adopted after the Montana legislature was redistricted and reapportioned in order to conform with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ’’one man, one vote** ruling on re- anportionment. Conseouently, the names Lewis and Clark County and District 21 will be used interchangeably in this thesis.

Although the entire political history of District 21 is colorful and important in ...


The Common Good, Thomas Noel Apr 1954

The Common Good, Thomas Noel

Political Science and International Relations Undergraduate Theses

We have seen that the purpose of the state is to promote the common good. It is not my intention to discuss the end of the state but rather to set forth a clearer and more complete explanation of the end of the state, the common good.

"The position of the common good is clearly delimited on all sides. As the community of the state does not arise from the mechanical sum of individuals, so the common good is not made up of the sum of individual goods and benefits. . . . the common good is an independent flood of special significance ...