Freedom of speech, religion, choice, will-humans have fought, and continue to fight, for all of these. But what is human freedom really? Taking a broad approach across metaphysics, politics, and ethics, Lars Svendsen explores this question in his engaging book, while also looking at the threats freedom faces today. Though our behaviors, thoughts, and actions are restricted by social and legal rules, deadlines, and burdens, Svendsen argues that the fundamental requirement for living a human life is the ability to be free. A Philosophy of Freedom questions how we can successfully create meaningful lives when we are estranged from the very concept of freedom. Svendsen tackles such issues as the nature of free agency and the possibility of freedom in a universe governed by natural laws. He concludes that the true definition of personal freedom is first and foremost the liberty to devote yourself to what really matters to you-to realize the true value of the life you are living. Drawing on the fascinating debates around the possibility of freedom and its limits within society, this comprehensive investigation provides an accessible and insightful overview that will appeal to academics and general readers alike.
Cover A Philosophy of Freedom Imprint Page Contents Foreword Introduction Part I: The Ontology of Freedom 1. To Act Voluntarily 2. Freedom and Determinism 3. Reactive and Objective Attitudes 4. Autonomy Part II. The Politics of Freedom 5. The Liberal Democracy 6. Positive and Negative Freedom 7. A Republican Concept of Freedom 8. Freedom and Equality 9. Liberal Rights 10. Paternalism 11. Informational Privacy 12. Freedom of Expression Part III. The Ethics of Freedom 13. Realizing Freedom Afterword References Bibliography Acknowledgements.
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