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Unformatted text preview: I. Four parables of responsibility under conditions of degeneration. a. debate over immorality of permanent theater (Tacitus 322-23) b. decadence at home in Rome, but Roman civilizing mission abroadBoudicca (Tacitus 328) c. debate about killing innocent slaves alongside guilty ones (Tacitus 334) d. Seneca and the cowardice of philosophy when complicit with empire (Tacitus 338) e. add a fifth: Epichariss refusal to name names (Tacitus 373) II. Loss of interest in cultivating freedomfreedom as a practice. freedom not identical to license. III. How to interpret the dissymmetries between politics in metropole and politics in colony? a. optimistic: progress b. pessimistic: degeneration c. as aberration (another form of pessimism) d. mutual constitution a. sovereignty. IV. Whats distinct about modern imperialism. V. Tocqueville in America problems and proimse of democracy. rule of law, contract: freedom for some, tyranny for others....
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2009 for the course POLI SCI 506 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.
- Spring '08