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In recent threads, there’s been some back and forth regarding Mankind’s nature and some… speculation as to how attitudes about it correlate with political ideology. I’ve my own theories on the matter, but I think more might be gained at this point from asking than guessing (differences tend to get exagerated in debates, so it’s sometimes best to take a step back and explore each other’s first principles). So, Ricochetti, here’s this morning’s assignment:
- Do you believe Mankind to be inherently good, wicked, or neither? Explain briefly.
- Which philosophers and/or theologians do you identify with on this subject (bonus points for providing a representative quote).
- How do your answers above inform your political philosophy?