The Liberty Reader / Edition 1

The Liberty Reader / Edition 1

by David Miller
     
 

The quest for liberty has driven political movements across the globe, inspiring revolutions in America, France, China and many other countries over the centuries. Even today, Western governments justify their military interventions in the name of promoting freedom.

But what is this liberty that is so fervently pursued? Does it mean a private space for

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The quest for liberty has driven political movements across the globe, inspiring revolutions in America, France, China and many other countries over the centuries. Even today, Western governments justify their military interventions in the name of promoting freedom.

But what is this liberty that is so fervently pursued? Does it mean a private space for individuals, the capacity for free and rational choice, or collective self-rule? What is the difference between positive and negative liberty, or the relationship between freedom and coercion? Reflecting on these questions reveals a surprisingly rich landscape of ideas, as well as further questions.

The Liberty Reader, edited and introduced by the distinguished political philosopher David Miller, collects some of the most important and insightful essays written in the past century by philosophers, political theorists, and other thinkers who have reflected on teh nature of liberty and how to achieve it. The essays have been chosen to represent a wide range of political perspectives—liberal, libertarian, socialist, feminist, and republican—and a carefully structured bibliography allows the reader to pursue particular topics in greater depth. It is essential reading for students of social and political theory, political philosophy, and anyone searching for a deeper understanding of the different ideas and visions that lie behing perennial human strivings for liberty.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594511653
Publisher:
Paradigm Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

1Liberal legislation and freedom of contract21
2Two concepts of liberty33
3Freedom and politics58
4Freedom and coercion80
5Negative and positive freedom100
6Individual liberty123
7What's wrong with negative liberty141
8Capitalism, freedom, and the proletariat163
9Constraints on freedom183
10Toward a feminist theory of freedom200
11The republican ideal of freedom223
12A third concept of liberty243

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