Publication Year

2003

Keywords

Freedom, social construction, politics, theory, government

Disciplines

Political Science | Political Theory | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

This thesis examines freedom from various perspectives. It looks at how institutions instrumentalize freedom, practical freedom, and the theoretical possibility of unbound freedom. It deals particularly with how individuals construct freedom, or more accurately, why individuals need to construct freedom as a framework through which they may act and recognize their 'selves'. It then looks at which types of subjects exist in the world and how these subjects are constructed by and through the institutional matrix that comprises their reality. After these subjects are introduced and fleshed out a discussion of why the freedom they conceive as ideal is impossible to inhabit in their temporal reality takes place. Next, a general description of what ideal freedom might look like and why it would be desired occurs. This leads to the disappointing conclusion that subjects are satisfied with the simulacrum of freedom provided they do not have to acknowledge its constrained, restricted, or institutionally defined nature.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Political Science

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