POLITICAL SCIENCE – MARXIST POLITICAL THOUGHT PAPER PROMPT – must write an essay in response to the question below. This examination requires that you write a “thought-piece” (as opposed to a research paper). Thus, you are expected to answer the question on the basis of readings covered in this course and class lectures and discussions. You may not refer to readings not assigned for this course. Your essay should be 10 to 12 (not counting the cover page) double-spaced, typewritten pages, with 1-inch (2.54 cm) margins and type no smaller than 12 points or 10-pitch (Courier). Because this is a paper instead of an in-class examination, your essay is expected to be of a higher quality than it would be if produced in a timed examination setting: It should be well-organized, cogently argued, and clearly written, and your argument should be supported by copious references to the lectures and readings. Use only the short form of citation (author’s name, abbreviated title if we have used more than one work by the author, and page numbers, together in parentheses after the passage or idea being cited. You may cite lectures as follows: “Week 8 Lecture, May 16, 2022”). Do not use conventional footnotes for this exercise, and do not include a Works Cited page (Your paper will receive a 5-point penalty if you do include a Works Cited page).Prompt Reflecting on the relationship between founders of philosophical systems and their followers, Benjamin I. Schwartz has observed: The founder himself. . . is not necessarily concerned with the mutual consistency of all his utterances, and on many problems his thought may be fruitfully ambiguous. Therein may lie one of the secrets of his greatness. Nor is he generally concerned with aspects of reality which do not impinge on his vision. It is generally the followers who assume the burden of defending the vision against hostile challenge and who must attempt to relate the vision to those aspects of the Experience which the founder has left out of account. If the vision is accepted by a whole society and becomes an ‘official’ philosophy, the problem of relating it to new realities becomes particularly acute. . . . In the course of defending and applying the vision, many of the problems implicit in it become explicit and many of its inner polarities come to the surface. Select three of the following thinkers (or pairs of thinkers) we have studied this quarter, and analyze how Professor Schwartz’s observation is reflected in their thought on the tension between historical determinism and voluntarism in their thought. If you chose I, II, IV, or V, you must treat both thinkers and should be able to identify any divergences between the two thinkers’ ideas. Be sure to treat the problem of ideology and revolutionary consciousness. I. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels II. V. I. Lenin and Georges Sorel III. Eduard Bernstein IV. Mao Zedong and Régis Debray V. Franz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral I will upload all the lectures and reading about the paper.
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