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Description - Freedom and Its Conditions by Richard Flathman

Can any of us ever really be free? Do we follow the rules our society gives us because we want to, or because we are forced to? Freedom and its Conditions challenges the received wisdom that discipline and freedom are opposite and mutually exclusive. Though it is typically argued that a well-ordered liberal society must discipline its more unruly citizens to maintain freedom for all, Flathman shows how resistance to rules can mean more than criminals breaking laws. Resistance can also mean political protest and political dialogues about what the rules can be. This book draws on Foucault's theories of the self to describe the inner discipline it takes to resist authority - declaring that individuals must sometimes resist forces that wish to destroy freedom, to ensure freedom.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415945622
ISBN-10: 0415945623
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Richard Flathman

Richard Flathman is the George Armstrong Kelly Memorial Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of eleven books, including The Philosophy and Politics of Freedom which won the APSA Spitz Prize for best book on democratic theory in 1989.

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