21H.181J Libertarianism in History

Class Info

Explores the history of the ideal of personal freedom with an eye towards contemporary debates over the pros and cons of the regulatory state. The first part of the course surveys the sociological and theological sources of the concepts of freedom and civil society, and introduces liberty's leading relatives or competitors: property, equality, community, and republicanism. Second part consists of a series of case studies in the rise of modern liberty and libertarianism: the abolition of slavery, the struggle for religious freedom, and the twentieth-century American civil liberties movement.

This class has no prerequisites.

21H.181J will be offered this semester (Spring 2018). It is instructed by M. Ghachem.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS H.

In the Spring 2014 Subject Evaluations, 21H.181J was rated 6.0 out of 7.0. You can find more information at the Libertarianism in History site.

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