Security (Gen Ed 1020)





How do the moral implications of security, a term with a long and provocatively ambivalent history, continue to be relevant in today’s understanding of community and social responsibility?


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John Hamilton

The term "security" has enjoyed a complex and ambivalent career. Broadly defined as a "removal of care," security leaves its subjects either carefree or careless. Pursuing an itinerary from the Stoics to psychoanalysis, from international relations to feminist theory, the course draws out the ethical implications of the persistent concern to be free of concern. Does "security" make us vigilant or negligent, confident or complacent? Does it promote more fear than it assuages? Is a security purchased with freedom or human rights morally viable? Such questions broach a more informed, nuanced, and critical engagement concerning our civic, professional and personal lives.

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