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Freedom as independence

List, Christian and Valentini, Laura (2016) Freedom as independence. Ethics, 126 (4). pp. 1043-1074. ISSN 0014-1704

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Identification Number: 10.1086/686006


Much recent philosophical work on social freedom focuses on whether freedom should be understood as non-interference, in the liberal tradition associated with Isaiah Berlin, or as non-domination, in the republican tradition revived by Philip Pettit and Quentin Skinner. We defend a conception of freedom that lies between these two alternatives: freedom as independence. Like republican freedom, it demands the robust absence of relevant constraints on action. Unlike republican, and like liberal freedom, it is not moralized. We showcase the virtues of this conception and offer a novel map of the logical space in which different conceptions of freedom are located.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The University of Chicago
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2016 13:02
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:09
Funders: Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship

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