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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.
|1||Liberal legislation and freedom of contract||21|
|2||Two concepts of liberty||33|
|3||Freedom and politics||58|
|4||Freedom and coercion||80|
|5||Negative and positive freedom||100|
|7||What's wrong with negative liberty||141|
|8||Capitalism, freedom, and the proletariat||163|
|9||Constraints on freedom||183|
|10||Toward a feminist theory of freedom||200|
|11||The republican ideal of freedom||223|
|12||A third concept of liberty||243|