Justifications for Freedom
Turning to the question of why freedom is valuable — i.e. why should we want to secure and protect freedom? — we are faced with the problem of deciding whether, given that there are, as I have suggested, seven different conceptions of the concept of freedom, we must examine arguments which seek to justify each of the seven conceptions in turn. On the face of it, it would seem an odd sort of justification that remained entirely agnostic between the seven conceptions, and could accommodate them all. Can we realistically expect, for example, that a justification for freedom defined as the absence of impediments would apply equally to freedom defined as self-mastery?
KeywordsTrue Belief Moral Agent Free Speech Moral Duty Equal Concern
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