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Freedom and Necessity

GOVT 393
Spring 2011 not offered
Certificates: Social, Cultural and Critical Theory

Are freedom and necessity opposed or complementary? Am I at liberty to choose to do what I wish? 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? What is the relation of freedom to reason, will, and emotion? Are there necessary conditions to social life, such as nature, gender, recognition, war, and death? We will examine the idea of necessity--natural, existential, military, and political--to see whether it affects political freedom.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: None
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)

Last Updated on APR-13-2024
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