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The Value of Freedom

Ian Carter

in A Measure of Freedom

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780198294535
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598951 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294530.003.0003
 The Value of Freedom

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It is important for liberals to make sense of claims about degrees of overall freedom because freedom is a fundamental value for liberals. Freedom is a fundamental value for liberals because liberals (at least implicitly) assume freedom to have non-specific value, or value as such. Freedom has non-specific value (value as such) not only if it has intrinsic value but also if it has non-specific instrumental value (e.g. as a means to social or economic progress) or non-specific constitutive value (e.g. as a part of the value of autonomy). Assertions or assumptions of freedom’s non-specific instrumental or constitutive value are made by many representatives of the liberal tradition, including J. S. Mill, Hobhouse and Hayek.

Keywords: autonomy; constitutive value; Hayek; Hobhouse; instrumental value; intrinsic value; J. S. Mill; non-specific value; progress; value as such

Chapter.  18278 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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