Philosophy and Politics
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Political philosophy is the study of the city state. That is it is the study of how people should be governed. Ethics plays a big role within political philosophy because of the nature of the human itself. (Inet Enc. Section1) Human’s, at least to ourselves, are seen in this day and age as beings who have a certain natural rights to life, liberty, and property. This natural right brings up enormous questions when it comes to how a people should be governed. Should there be a compromise between the people and the city state or should people relinquish power to the city state for its protection without hesitation? These are just two questions that political philosophies try to answer. To understand where, what, and why us human’s govern the way we do today, it is important to look at the philosophers of the past, namely Plato, Thomas Aquinas, and John Locke.