Badger Talk: The Meaning of Freedom w/ Daniel Kapust
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What does it mean to be free? How should we understand the relationship between individual liberty and collective liberty? Does government impede or promote freedom, individual or collective? These questions are at the center of the American political tradition, and have animated debates since the 1780s. This talk focuses on different ways of thinking about freedom – individual and collective.
Daniel Kapust is a Professor of Political Science at UW-Madison. He has published widely on ancient, early modern, and modern political thought as well on figures including Cicero, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Adam Smith, and late 18th century American thought. He is interested in rhetoric, theories of liberty, American exceptionalism, imperialism, the Federalist/Anti-Federalist debates, and related topics.