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This paper explores the meaning of citizenship in the light of both classical texts such as Sophocles' "Antigone" and Plato's "Crito" as well as modern understanding, departing from a simple, yet profound philosophical question: what makes a good citizen? The paper further discusses what are the rights and duties of people as well as the human basis on which good states are formed. The paper also argues that the two greatest qualities of good citizens are compassion and bravery and gives a few examples in support of this position.
From the Paper:"Perhaps the most difficult conflicts between a citizen and his state develop when a person perceives certain basic laws as unjust. Examples could include laws on taxation, on language, on freedom of expression in the widest sense (from printed materials to clothing), on marriage and funeral rites and many other subjects with a far-reaching effect on people's lives. Many people feel that the particular way in which taxation is established in their community is unjust; likewise, some will object when their state discourages them from speaking their native language; as to freedom of expression, countless have died over it. Ultimately, it is up to every person to decide on whether a particular law is just, necessary and of significant impact; the trouble begins when laws are neither just nor necessary, but they have a great effect on human lives. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Plato, "Crito," in the Pacific Seminar Reader 2010-2012.
- Sophocles, "Antigone," in the Pacific Seminar Reader 2010-2012.
- Locke, "Second Treatise of Government," in the Pacific Seminar Reader 2010-2012.
Cite this Argumentative Essay:
The Makings Of A Good Citizen (2012, October 18) Retrieved April 03, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/argumentative-essay/the-makings-of-a-good-citizen-151863/
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