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    for challenging the crude version of negative liberty and proving that it is indefensible in a liberal society, and by doing so making negative liberty a form of positive liberty. In his famous work, “What’s wrong with negative liberty?”, Charles Taylor takes on Isiah Berlin’s argument against negative liberty. In this essay, we will see Berlin’s distinction of different kinds of liberties, then go through Taylor’s paper on criticizing Berlin’s idea of negative liberty. We will also look at Taylor’s criticism of negative liberty’s advantages to liberalism’s goal of advancing individual prosperity. Before starting to discuss Taylor’s argument, it is necessary to look at Berlin’s distinction of liberty in “Two Concepts of Liberty”. Berlin argues that there are two types of liberty, positive and negative. The freedom from external interference is what he calls negative liberty, and the freedom to act upon one’s…

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    the bulk of his other arguments on. Mill’s arguments state that we should be able to live our lives with a reliance of negative liberty. He believes that every individual should have a freedom from constraint and interference with the only limits being present when a risk of harm is involved. Mill attempts to define “harm” as a risk of harm to others and not the individual themselves. Until this condition is met no coercive methods of prevention should be allowed. Another can still attempt…

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    To explain the criticism that lies with negative liberty, Taylor stated that opportunities need to be complemented with some valuation. The believed that, there will be a need to differentiate between important opportunities and those that are less important too. To elaborate his point, Taylor gives an example of traffic signal. In literal sense, traffic signal restricts an individual’s domain of a negative liberty. This is because they deprive an individual the opportunities of crossing the…

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    In his essay, Two Concepts of Liberty, Isaiah Berlin favours negative over positive liberty as it is “the truer and more humane ideal” and argues that positive law threatens individual autonomy by justifying paternalistic coercion. In his work, Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville views liberty as a benefit produced by political life under a free government and posits a conception of positive liberty as political participation. This essay will argue contrary to Berlin, that positive…

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    philosophies on the concept on freedom and liberty. Kant stands behind positive liberty and advocates that the government can act as an institutionalized version of the best parts of ourselves meaning that freedom does not mean an absence of government but one that helps everyone become more reasonable. Mill, on the other hand, supports negative freedom and believes that the state should only intervene when…

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    I believe that humans are rational beings, and are born with the rights of equality, and freedom. Every person through nature is given the opportunity to self-preserve and lead happy lives. Government exists to protect these rights, not take them away. I believe that conservatives approach to irrational human behavior creates a government that could be suppressing, and possible tyrannical. It is through conservatives emphasis of power that I find negative because it is through this emphasis of…

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    conception of liberty, equality and neutrality posed three serious issues pertinent to the minority rights; (i) Liberalism focuses on individuals, thus ignoring group identities and the values individual obtain from them; (ii) Liberal ideal of equal citizenship undermines the ability of groups to determine themselves and to preserve what…

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    Liberty And Equality

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    Liberty and equality are two of the most important principles in politics, as they are part of the foundation of our society. Equality and freedom have generally been portrayed as two conflicting concepts, mainly because in order to achieve equality redistribution of resources is necessary and this would inevitably interfere with the liberty of those who have an abundance of resources and wealth. However, after a closer examination we can see that in many cases an increase in equality results in…

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    John Stuart Mills’ liberty principle states that the only justified use of force from a state is to prevent one individual from harming another. Unlike other views of how the state should wield power, such as paternalism, Mills states that protecting an individual from themselves is not an adequate justification for state intervention. As a follower of Jeremy Bentham, Mills attempted to justify his liberty principle with utilitarianism, rather than a natural rights justification, essentially…

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    A treatise on liberty and freedom of speech, John Stuart Mill’s 1859 book On Liberty employs philosophical thought to discuss the importance of liberty and when it is or is not right and proper for a government to limit it. In discussing liberty, Mill propositions the “harm principle,” a concept used throughout On Liberty to assess what rights and liberties mankind has, and when they ought to and ought not be curtailed by either the government or societal majorities, with which Mill is more…

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