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soc_lec_9 - Lecture 9 April 27, 2010 Are Human Beings Free?...

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Lecture 9 – April 27, 2010 Are Human Beings Free? The Power of Society over Human Thinking and Action Introduction We know humans are formed by culture and society Freedom is a matter of degree Our degree of freedom is exaggerated Freedom of thought and freedom of action The meaning of freedom The idea of blame assumes that people have free choice Law assumes that people choose to act one way or another way, legal or illegal Free will is central to western Christianity’s view of salvation Freedom implies CONTROL over one’s own life Freedom and Control To control means to CAUSE what one thinks, does, and is Controlling oneself means being in CHARGE of what one thinks and does Control implies UNDERSTANDING the situation and the available options The Sociological Perspective Sociologists want to believe in freedom but everything we know goes against the idea Sociology demonstrates the power of social forces over individual life Mills showed how personal troubles are social issues – bigger than the individual
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