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Fine Distinctions: Some Rejoinders to Quentin Skinner's Attacks on the Modern Doctrine of Negative Liberty

H. Matthew Kramer

in The Quality of Freedom

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780199247561
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601927 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199247560.003.0002
 Fine Distinctions: Some Rejoinders to Quentin Skinner's Attacks on the Modern Doctrine of Negative Liberty

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Delineates the principal ideas that make up my theory of freedom as negative liberty. Raises a number of challenges to positive-liberty theories and to the civic-republican conception of freedom, with sustained criticisms of the work of Quentin Skinner and Philip Pettit. It likewise objects to moralized conceptions of particular freedoms and unfreedoms. It pays particular attention to the ways in which such freedoms and unfreedoms exist over time.

Keywords: civic republicanism; freedom; Thomas Hobbes; liberty; negative liberty; Philip Pettit; positive liberty; time; Quentin Skinner; unfreedom

Chapter.  60607 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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