17.04J Modern Conceptions of Freedom (New)
Students read early modern political theorists, and trace the growth of the value of freedom. Examines the modern definition of freedom, and the obligations that people accept in honoring it. Also investigates how these obligations are captured in the principles of our political association. Studies how the centrality of freedom plays out in the political thought of such authors as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke and Montesquieu. Students also debate which notions of freedom inspire and sustain the American experiment by carefully reading the documents and arguments of the founding of the United States. Preference to students in Concourse.
This class has no prerequisites.
17.04J will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by L. Rabieh.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS H. This class counts as a CI-H.
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