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Liberty: Its Meaning and Scope

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Overview

The history of mankind is fraught with clashes in the quest for liberty—in the name of often contradictory ideals of freedom. Roshwald explores the diverse understandings of the term liberty and its spectrum of application, in order to achieve a coherent and consistent definition of the concept in respect to both the individual and society. The issue of liberty is examined not only from the traditional angle of political philosophy but also from a philosophical-anthropological perspective. After analyzing examples of specific approaches to freedom, and describing a theoretically and practically viable definition of liberty, the book suggests the possibility and ways of attaining the ideal.

The concept of liberty has been tarnished by propaganda, conflicting political claims, and uncritical usage. This book attempts to restore value to the meaning of liberty, arguing that it must be clearly understood and defined in the context of human experience in order to be universally enjoyed. Through a cogent analysis of contradictions in individual and societal perceptions of the over-used and abused principle, this interdisciplinary volume rescues liberty from its current role as being a mere slogan and presents the possibility for individual and collective freedoms to coexist. A selected Bibliography chronicles historical and contemporary treatises on liberty.

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Meet the Author

MORDECAI ROSHWALD taught for twenty-five years at the University of Minnesota and held visiting appointments at universities in Israel, England, Canada, and Taiwan.

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Table of Contents

Basic Questions and Assumptions

Individual Liberty

Collective Liberty

Liberties: Conflicts and Their Resolution

Freedom and Civilization

Ways to Secure and Enhance Liberty

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

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