A Theory of Freedom: From the Psychology to the Politics of Agency / Edition 1 by Philip Pettit | 9780195218329 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
A Theory of Freedom: From the Psychology to the Politics of Agency / Edition 1

A Theory of Freedom: From the Psychology to the Politics of Agency / Edition 1

by Philip Pettit
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195218329

ISBN-13: 9780195218329

Pub. Date: 09/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this short yet ambitious work, Philip Pettit offers a single, unified, and overarching theory of freedom. A puzzling topic, freedom extends from the individual and the metaphysical (i.e. free will) to the social and the political, yet a theory connecting these two realms has yet to be devised. In an elegant, accessible manner, Pettit presents a survey of

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In this short yet ambitious work, Philip Pettit offers a single, unified, and overarching theory of freedom. A puzzling topic, freedom extends from the individual and the metaphysical (i.e. free will) to the social and the political, yet a theory connecting these two realms has yet to be devised. In an elegant, accessible manner, Pettit presents a survey of available theories of freedom, then develops his own—one that manages to straddle the personal and political spheres. The view he develops—which includes the seemingly paradoxical notion that we are free to the extent that we are capable of being held responsible—will make this pioneering book highly important to a wide range of philosophers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195218329
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Conceptualizing Freedom 6

2 Freedom as Rational Control 32

3 Freedom as Volitional Control 49

4 Freedom as Discursive Control 65

5 Freedom and Collectivization 104

6 Freedom and Politicization 125

7 Freedom and Democratization 152

Conclusion 175

References 180

Index 188

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