PHIL 114 Fall 2014 Freedom and Society (W)

Also offered Spring 2015

Freedom is one of our fundamental values. It is emphasized in our founding documents, and it occupies a central place in our contemporary political discourse. But do we ask: What is freedom? and Why do we value it? In the first unit of this course, we will raise these questions by considering the relationship between freedom and society in general. We will read Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. We will then turn to some specific social forms. In the second unit, we will read Adam Smith and Karl Marx on capitalist labor, and Simone de Beauvoir on gender. Our question will be whether these specific social forms enable or prevent our freedom.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly reading response papers; take-home midterm and final exams
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first- and second-year students
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1599
PHIL 114 - 01 (F) SEM Freedom and Society (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Justin B. Shaddock
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Griffin 4 1599
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