Essay on How, If at All, Is Freedom Valuable?

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It is important to distinguish between freedom’s kinds of values, because in defining a system of government, the attitude towards freedom is a key component. If freedom has no independent value, different schools of political thought might have the standpoint, that we should not value freedom at all, only the things that it is means to. Some might think that they know better what is good for people, and feel justified in constraining people’s freedom. We intuitively value freedom, and usually do not even notice, that we have it, because it woven through so much of our everyday life. We take freedom for granted, even though in some countries it is not so trivial. It is not enough to feel that freedom is our basic right, but to understand …show more content…
Non-independently valuable is something that can be valued on its own. It has some subsets, such as intrinsic values, unconditional values or non-specific instrumental values. I do not want to diminish the non-independent value of freedom, but not very many people argue against it, since in any kind of definition of freedom, it is included that it lets us do certain things. There is of course a broad literature about the analysis of the specific things it lets us do, but in this essay I will not argue for the non-independent value of freedom. However, I believe that only specific instrumental value would be sufficient for describing freedom, because it does not include an answer to why we value more options than fewer. I will use a negative definition of freedom. So now I will go through the different types of independent values, because some people confuse these types. In order to specify what kind of independent value freedom has, we have to see the kinds of independent values freedom does not possess. It is also important to clarify the differences of the kinds of independent values. in order to not be vulnerable to critiques who misinterpret and confuse them.

So we should not only take into account those choices that are available at the same time to one person, but choices available at a time span for different number of people, since a

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