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dc.contributor.supervisor von Heyking, John
dc.contributor.author Strathdee, Johnathan A.W.
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-23T17:49:07Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-23T17:49:07Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/4902
dc.description.abstract This thesis compares John Stuart Mill and Saint Augustine and their handling of Manichaeism. This comparison reveals how each philosopher understands human freedom and its relationship to politics. Mill, a progressive, thought Manichaeism motivated the individual to take initiative and overcome “evil.” However, conformity occurs as society progresses and the smallest of differences between citizens are exaggerated. Society begins to take up arms against obstacles to progress. This problem is seen in progressive movements of the 20th century, like Marxism and the residential schools, and modern day identity politics. Conversely, Augustine understood that the problem of politics is human nature. Evil is not an irredeemable externality but a corruption of a created good. Augustine believed that human beings are unable to “will” themselves towards the eternal good, resulting in a divided will. Augustine understood that the problem of progressivism was an oversimplified understanding of freedom. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Political Science en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject evil en_US
dc.subject human freedom en_US
dc.subject human will en_US
dc.subject Manichaeism en_US
dc.subject politics en_US
dc.title Political Manichaeism and progressivism : a study of Augustinian and Millian freedom en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Political Science en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0615 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0322 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0422 en_US
dc.proquestyes Yes en_US
dc.embargo No en_US


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