Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Constanze Binder
    Pages 1-21
  3. Constanze Binder
    Pages 43-61
  4. Constanze Binder
    Pages 63-84
  5. Constanze Binder
    Pages 85-104
  6. Constanze Binder
    Pages 105-127
  7. Constanze Binder
    Pages 129-133
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 135-159

About this book


In this book, Binder shows that at the heart of the most prominent arguments in favour of value-neutral approaches to overall freedom lies the value freedom has for human agency and development. Far from leading to the adoption of a value-neutral approach, however, ascribing importance to freedom’s agency value requires one to adopt a refined value-based approach. Binder employs an axiomatic framework in order to develop such an approach. She shows that a focus on freedom’s agency value has far reaching consequences for existing results in the freedom ranking literature: it requires one to move beyond a person’s given all-things-considered preferences to the values underlying a person’s preference formation. Furthermore, it requires, as Binder argues, one to account (only) for those differences between choice options which really matter to people.   Binder illustrates the implications of her analysis for the evaluation of public policy and human development with the capability approach: only if sufficient importance is ascribed to freedom’s agency value can the capability approach keep its promises. ​  


Agency Agency Value of Freedom Choice Freedom Rankings Rational Choice Rationality

Authors and affiliations

  • Constanze Binder
    • 1
  1. 1.Erasmus Institute of Philosophy and Economics, Erasmus School of Philosophy, Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature B.V. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-94-024-1613-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-024-1615-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0921-3384
  • Series Online ISSN 2352-2119
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