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Political Freedom

reviewed by Howard E. Smokler - 1961

coverTitle: Political Freedom
Author(s): A. Meiklejohn
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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HERE ARE FOUR books, each dealing in its own fashion with the problem of freedom. The concept which these authors have attempted to analyze is one of the most difficult to be found in moral philosophy. Freedom is, in the technical sense, an ambiguous term, but at least two different meanings have been distinguished: In one, freedom is identified with the absence of coercion; in the other, it is a capacity to choose on the basis of a rational criterion. In order for a man to be free, other men must fulfill certain obligations. Legal codes and economic arrangements, cultural ideals and physical tools must all conform to a certain pattern if freedom is to be realized. And, inevitably, queries arise about the value of freedom in comparison with other desired goals. Evaluations must be made. And so, beside the difficulties of definition spring up the complexities of valuation. Liberals, whose main... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 62 Number 4, 1961, p. 329-329
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3306, Date Accessed: 10/17/2019 4:59:15 PM

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