Forms of Freedom: Anarchism, Socialism, and Communitarianism|
Fall 2017 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
What is freedom, and what political forms might it take? We will examine 19th- to 21st-century anarchist, socialist, and communitarian thought in Europe and America: ideas of communal freedom and individual liberty; the state and civil society; deliberation, choice, and emotion; and authority, technology, power, and passion. Am I at liberty to do what I will? Or does social life require "the freedom to bind oneself in the pursuit of one's ultimate ends to the available means" (Lowith)? Does freedom require reason to understand freedom's grounds and virtues? We will thus also look at necessity--natural, existential, military, political--to see its effect on freedom.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
Bookchin, "The Forms of Freedom"
Guerin, ed., NO GODS NO MASTERS. AN ANTHOLOGY OF ANARCHISM
Tucker, ed., MARX-ENGELS READER
Kropotkin, MUTUAL AID
Orwell, HOMAGE TO CATALONIA
Camus, THE REBEL
Lowith, MAX WEBER AND KARL MARX
MacIntyre, AFTER VIRTUE
Jouvenel, THE PURE THEORY OF POLITICS
Avineri and de-Shalit, eds., COMMUNITARIANISM & INDIVIDUALISM
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Class presentation and paper; two essays; final project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Some background in social or political theory -- from GOVT, SOC, HIST, PHIL, REL, CSS, or COL -- is helpful.
WesMaps sub-category designation: Political Theory
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