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Two Concepts of Liberty

Isaiah Berlin

in Liberty

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199249893
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598807 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924989X.003.0004
 Two Concepts of Liberty

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This lecture insisted upon negative liberty as the political complement to the human capacity for free choice, and made matching metaphysical claims: the nature of being, and especially the conflicts amongst values, were inconsistent with totalitarian claims. Berlin, arguing along this line, provided an account of the perversion of positive liberty into a warrant for such claims, discussed nationalism, and emphasized the value‐pluralism, now linked so frequently with his name.

Keywords: Isaiah Berlin; conflicts of value; nationalism; negative liberty; positive liberty; value‐pluralism; values

Chapter.  23741 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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