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David Thunder: Sovereign Rule and the Still-Birth of Freedom

4:30pm, January 23rd, 2020

Many modern political theorists, from Hobbes to Rawls, fail to grasp the intimate dependence of human freedom on the complex organization and culture of a wide range of social groups. Once we reject individualistic social ontologies along with the modern doctrines of political sovereignty that they support, we are able to make a fresh start and more adequately investigate what sort of institutional and cultural conditions are likely to support what I call the “freedom to flourish."

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January 2020

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David Thunder: Sovereign Rule and the Still-Birth of Freedom

4:30pm, January 23rd, 2020
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Many modern political theorists, from Hobbes to Rawls, fail to grasp the intimate dependence of human freedom on the complex organization and culture of a wide range of social groups. Once we reject individualistic social ontologies along with the modern doctrines of political sovereignty that they support, we are able to make a fresh start and more adequately investigate what sort of institutional and cultural conditions are likely to support what I call the “freedom to flourish.”

February 2020

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Tariq Thachil (Vanderbilt)

4:30pm, February 27th, 2020
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Tariq Thachil’s current research focuses on the political consequences of urbanization, and draws on extensive qualitative and quantitative research among poor migrants in Indian cities. An article from this project, coauthored with Adam Auerbach, received the 2018 Heinz I. Eulau Award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review in the previous calendar year.

March 2020

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James C. Scott (Yale)

6:30pm, March 17th, 2020
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James C. Scott is the Sterling Professor of Political Science, Professor of Anthropology and co-Director of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University. His research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations and anarchism.

May 2020

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Jeffrey Friedman (Berkeley)

4:30pm, May 21st, 2020

Jeffrey Friedman is a visiting scholar in the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and the Max Weber Fellow of the Institute for the Advancement of the Social Sciences at Boston University. He is the founder and editor of Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society.

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