Chapter

Sources of Unfreedom

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/10.1093/0199247560.003.0004
 Sources of Unfreedom

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The U Postulate, which specifies the necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of any particular unfreedom, requires us to distinguish between the constraints on the freedom of any person P that are due partly to other people's actions and the constraints on the freedom of P that are due solely to natural forces and to P's own conduct. One's fleshing out of that basic distinction must consist in the elaboration of criteria that will enable the attribution of causal responsibility for freedom-impairing states of affairs. Those criteria separate unfreedoms from mere inabilities, and thereby significantly influence one's calculations of people's levels of overall liberty. Comes up with a comprehensively applicable test for the ascription of causal responsibility.

Keywords: act/omission distinction; causation; freedom; liberty; natural inabilities; omissions; unfreedom

Chapter.  39399 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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