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Politics and Free Will
GOVT 351
Fall 2014
Section: 01  

Machiavelli, in THE PRINCE, thinks that fortune rules about half our actions, but she allows the other half to be governed by us, "that our free will not be altogether extinguished." To what extent do political leaders act freely, making choices based on their values, and to what extent are they boxed in by the boundaries of a situation? As an opposition leader, is a politician more or less constrained than if she becomes the top executive? Does power lead to freedom? Are there necessities of political action, both domestic and international, that limit a political actor? Can a creative or transformational leader redefine and overcome necessity?
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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