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)

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Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Conceptualizing Freedom6
2Freedom as Rational Control32
3Freedom as Volitional Control49
4Freedom as Discursive Control65
5Freedom and Collectivization104
6Freedom and Politicization125
7Freedom and Democratization152
Conclusion175
References180
Index188

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