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  • Positive Freedom, And Isaiah Berlin's Two Concepts Of Liberty

    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 liberty is equally as important as negative liberty for liberalism as the latter is insufficient in ensuring self-realization. Further, it will argue that the establishment and maintenance of negative liberty is contingent on the exercise of individuals’…

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  • Charles Taylor's Two Concepts Of Negative Liberty

    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…

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  • Thomas Sowell's Dichotomy Of Vision

    discretion” and “mode of discretion”. I believe that there is a substantial limit for mankinds. Hence, we should be careful when we want to change the status quo. Moreover, since the mankinds are constrained, we could never find a way to allocate the resources that is perfectly fair, so that we should safeguard formal opportunity instead of intervening the outcome. This issue also can be described by using the different fairness suggested by Jonathan Haidt, whereby the thought can be explained…

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  • Freedom Of Freedom In John Stuart Mill's On Liberty

    Can society advance without all of its people? In John Stuart Mill’s essay “On Liberty”, he makes the argument that we should have the freedom to perform any actions we wish, as long as those are not causing harm to any others. Mill makes a number of justifications for his argument throughout his essay. He understands that in order for society to function, there needs to be certain restrictions on individual’s liberty. He believes society’s control over an individual’s liberty should only be…

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  • Kymlicka Minority Rights Analysis

    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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  • Modern Liberalism Vs Modern Conservatism

    society. Modern conservatism leans more towards the economy as modern liberalism aids liberty. For instance, without modern liberalism we would not be able to understand that “the government must protect individuals from the inequities of modern society and correct the injustices and failures of “free-market” capitalism including environmental degradation.” Liberals believe that the government plays the role of protecting those rights and disaster from occurring. On the other hand, modern…

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  • Liberalism: A Form Of Positive Freedom

    referred to as ‘negative’ freedom as it is the ‘absence of external restrictions’ on the individual (Heywood 2012:31). Removing interference of the state over the private lives of individuals is a form of negative freedom however it falls short as it does little to provide individuals with equality. This form of liberalism finds it difficult to answer critics concerns of structural inequalities that exist in society. Another form of freedom, that of positive freedom, goes some way in…

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  • Stuart Mill Individualism

    When analyzing the role of an individual within society, one must consider whether the individual retains sovereignty and autonomy under the weight of the society 's jurisdiction and power. John Stuart Mill and John Locke developed philosophies concerning the balance between society 's right to govern and regulate its people, and the right of the individual to access and express their human liberties fully. Mill 's philosophy emphasizes the importance of individualism and nonconformity in a…

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  • Flashbacks In The Novel Johnny Got His Gun

    situations allows him to further his discovery of developing basic value over individual liberty. Joe emphasizes the idea of liberty and defines it through the presence of life and the simple perks given to him. As joe loses his sense of life he also loses his liberties as a war veteran citizen but most importantly a human. After Joe relives a terrible war experiences, he slowly begins to define the value of a soldier's life and most importantly the worth of his own life. Even though life has…

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  • Pros And Cons Of Libertarianism

    The libertarian argument is deontological, which means that there is a duty to help others. In the Libertarianist case it is the duty to protect the right to private property, the rights to live, to freedom and or liberty. The only rule that goes with the rights and that stops a libertarionist from taking them to an extreme is the obligation to respect the same rights of others and he may not conflict with them pursuing his own. Libertarianism (Latin: liber, “free” and in French:…

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