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25. Society / A. State of Nature / 1. A People / c. A unified people

[how many individuals count as a single people]

17 ideas
Peoples are created by individuals, not by nature, and only distinguished by language and law [Spinoza]
People are drawn into society by needs, shared fears, pleasure, and knowledge [Montesquieu]
People are guided by a multitude of influences, from which the spirit of a nation emerges [Montesquieu]
Rousseau assumes that laws need a people united by custom and tradition [Rousseau, by Wolff,J]
The act of becoming 'a people' is the real foundation of society [Rousseau]
To overcome obstacles, people must unite their forces into a single unified power [Rousseau]
Human nature changes among a people, into a moral and partial existence [Rousseau]
Hegel's Absolute Spirit is the union of human rational activity at a moment, and whatever that sustains [Hegel, by Eldridge]
The biology of societies: kin selection, parenting, mating; status, territory, contracts [Wilson,EO]
Society is alienating if it lacks our values, and its values repel us [Kekes]
Collective rationality is individuals doing their best, assuming others all do the same [Wolff,J]
Should love be the first virtue of a society, as it is of the family? [Wolff,J]
World government needs a shared global identity [Oksala]
Anti-colonial movements usually invoke the right of their 'people' to self-determination [Swift]
If a group is bound by gossip, the natural size is 150 people [Harari]
In a democracy, which 'people' are included in the decision process? [Tuckness/Wolf]
People often have greater attachment to ethnic or tribal groups than to the state [Tuckness/Wolf]