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1st Edition

Negative and Positive Conceptions

ISBN 9781138703643
Published December 13, 2018 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Isaiah Berlin made a now classic distinction between negative and positive conceptions of freedom. This book, first published in 2005, introduces a fresh way of looking at these conceptions and presents a new defence of the positive conception of freedom. Revealing how the internal debate between various versions of negative freedom give rise to hybrid conceptions of freedom which in turn are superseded by various versions of the positive conception of freedom, Silier concludes that Marx’s concrete historical account of positive freedom resolves many of the key debates in this area and provides a fruitful framework to evaluate the freedoms and unfreedoms that are specific to capitalism.

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Negative Conception of Freedom  1. Hayek’s Notion of Freedom  2. Constraints on Freedom  3. Fee Action, Free Person and Free Society  4. Limits of Negative Freedom in Capitalism  5. The Hybrid View  Part 2. The Positive Conception of Freedom  6. Green’s Notion of Freedom  7. Kant on Rational Self-Determination  8. Hegel on Concrete Freedom  9. Communitarians on the Social Context of Freedom  10. Freedom as the Power for Self-Determination  11. The Historical Account: Freedoms and Unfreedoms in Capitalism

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