What Is Freedom?

 

Dialogues Ancient and Modern

To raise the question “What is freedom?” could hardly be more necessary today. Why have so many people in so many times and places identified freedom as a self-evident value, but have also excluded many around them from its benefits? How have different civilizations defined freedom at different times? What does freedom mean in a democracy, an empire, or a totalitarian regime? How do we understand the difference between “freedom to” and “freedom from,” between rights and responsibilities? Is scientific or artistic freedom an unqualified good, whatever its consequences? These are just some of the questions we address in First-Year Seminar. In the fall semester, we ask “What is political freedom?” We read thinkers from Socrates to Gandhi and Hannah Arendt. In the spring semester, we consider “What is personal freedom?” in the company of authors from Aristotle to James Joyce and Malcolm X. By studying these texts, discussing their ideas in small seminars, and writing critical papers about them, students establish a foundation for their learning experience at the college and acquire a shared basis for conversation with fellow students, faculty members, and the world beyond.

 

Website:  www.bard.edu/fysem

 

FYSEM SCHEDULE:

 

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Daniel Akst

 

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Christopher McIntosh

 

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James Brudvig

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Paul Cadden-Zimansky

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Gregory Duff Morton

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Karen Sullivan

 

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Oliver Stephano

 

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Matthew Amos

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Susan Blake

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Bruce Chilton

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Peter Rosenblum

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Robert Weston

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Mary Grace Williams

 

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Ziad Dallal

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Richard Davis

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Gregory Moynahan

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Roger Normand

 

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Katherine Boivin

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Lisa Katzman

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Wakako Suzuki

 

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Richard Aldous

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L. Botstein/ M.Hoffman &

N. Ersoy-McMeekin

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Elizabeth Krueger-Chandler

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Matthew Lynch

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310

Sean McMeekin

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Adam Shatz

 

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Nesrin Ersoy McMeekin

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Elizabeth Krueger-Chandler

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Joseph Mansky

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Karen Raizen

 

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Tabetha Ewing

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Willis Walker