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GVPT 241: The Study of Political Philosophy: Ancient and Modern Fall 2020

Guide to resources for gvpt 241 for Fall 2020


This guide will help you identify and locate sources for your writing assignment:

The concept of liberty can be negative, positive, or a balance of the two. political communication as an element of free speech is one place where the positive and negative conceptions of liberty meet. A purely negative conception of liberty would allow hate speech, fake news, indoctrination, and other sorts of pernicious communication that can have real-world consequences. On the other hand, a purely positive conception of liberty could allow the state to influence, censor, or punish certain expressions that it considers obstacles to developing a fully rational, or autonomous, citizen.

Make an argument asserting the scope and limits of free speech. Your reasoning must include a discussion of positive and negative liberty, and you must discuss at least two cases as evidence. Read the Document, Anatomy of an Argument for detailed guidance on how to construct an argument.

You essay must be between 1600 - 2400 words (5-7 pages at 11pt, double spaced text, or 320 words/page). Your essay must make extensive use of at least 3 scholarly sources (peer-reviewed) outside of the course. The essay must be fully referenced, using MLA format (Links to an external site.). The Paper is due October 5 by 11:30PM EST.



Questions about locating the scholarly sources?  Please contact me.
Judy Markowitz