Title page for ETD etd-07062006-154231

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Robinson, Michael Scott
Author's Email Address mrobin3@lsu.edu
URN etd-07062006-154231
Title The Antipodes: On Rebellion
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
G. Ellis Sandoz Committee Chair
Cecil L. Eubanks Committee Member
David Sobek Committee Member
  • political rebellion
  • metaphysical rebellion
Date of Defense 2006-06-13
Availability unrestricted
This essay argues that the term rebellion applies to two similar but distinguishable experiences representative of the limits to human action and capacity. The political rebel is a man who rebels against an oppressive political regime. Opposing him is the metaphysical rebel whose action is inspired by a grievance against the nature of existence generally, as a human being, which he has interpreted to be oppressive. These contradicting inspirations are matched by juxtaposing consequences, exemplified through a literary analysis of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novels, and a historical analysis of Václav Havel and the Velvet Revolution.
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