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Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh National University of Ireland, Galway
Semester II Autumn Repeat Examinations, 2009/2010 Front Page Template
Exam Code(s) 2BA5 Exam(s) 2nd Year Economic & Social Studies, St. Angela’s College Module Code(s)
Module(s) Modern Political Thought Paper No. Repeat Paper Special Paper External Examiner(s) Dr. Paul Mitchell Internal Examiner(s) Professor Chris Curtin Mr. Gerry Fitzpatrick Instructions:
Answer TWO Questions
Duration 2hs No. of Answer books Requirements: Handout MCQ Statistical Tables Graph Paper Log Graph Paper Other Material No. of Pages Department(s) Political Science & Sociology
SP245 Modern Political Thought (REPEAT, 2010) Time allowed: TWO hours Answer TWO questions
1. Why is Thomas More’s Utopia one of the seminal texts of Renaissance political thought? How has it influenced subsequent European political theory?
2. Do both Machiavelli and Hobbes advocate a similar ‘politics of fear’ based upon a highly critical understanding of human nature?
3. What are the most important similarities and differences in Hume’s sceptical Burke’s traditionalist rejection of the Social Contract justification of political
4. Is utilitarianism a properly ‘liberal’ political philosophy? Discuss with references to both Bentham and Mill.
5. For Hegel, the fundamental purpose of the modern State is to reconcile the competing demands of individual liberty and community identity. How does he believe that the State succeeds in this objective?
6. What were the principal intellectual sources of Marx’s ‘Marxism’?
7. What influence has Nietzsche had on modern political thought? 8. Was there a contradiction between Weber’s nationalism and his liberalism?