David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
In Sirkku Hellsten, Marjaana Kopperi & Olli Loukola (eds.), Taking the Liberal Challenge Seriously: Essays on Contemporary Liberalism at the Turn of the 21st Century. Ashgate 260 (1997)
I examine the claim that the underlying importance given to freedom within a society's scheme of values varies with historical circumstance and social context (I shall sometimes call this the "relativist claim"). The point of the examination will be to attempt to determine the manner in which, and the extent to which, this claim really endangers the liberal argument, which seems to suggest that freedom is valuable everywhere and always. It will be seen that several apparent challenges may be dismissed, since for one reason or another they do not really threaten traditional liberalism. When these apparent (but non-threatening) challenges are pared away from the relativist claim, it will be seen that the remaining threat is on the one hand weaker, and on the other hand more dubious, than might have been supposed at first. This rather formal work will then set the stage for a proffered definition of the sort of "freedom" that is at stake in this discussion, and for my own attempt to offer answers to the questions about the value of freedom that I raise.
|Keywords||freedom liberalism social relativism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Alexandros Kioupkiolis (2012). Freedom After the Critique of Foundations: Marx, Liberalism, Castoriadis, and Agonistic Autonomy. Palgrave Macmillan.
Mary T. Clark (ed.) (1973). The Problem of Freedom. New York,Appleton-Century-Crofts.
Ranjoo Seodu Herr (2007). Liberal Multiculturalism: An Oxymoron? Philosophical Forum 38 (1):23–41.
Ger Snik & Johan De Jong (1995). Liberalism and Denominational Schools. Journal of Moral Education 24 (4):395-407.
Alison M. Jaggar (2007). Teaching in Colorado: Not a Rocky Mountain High; Academic Freedom in a Climate of Repression. Teaching Philosophy 30 (2):149-172.
Ian Carter (2004). A Measure of Freedom. OUP Oxford.
Alison M. Jaggar (2007). Teaching in Colorado. Teaching Philosophy 30 (2):149-172.
Christian List (2006). Republican Freedom and the Rule of Law. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 5 (2):201-220.
Lubomira Radoilska (2009). Public Health Ethics and Liberalism. Public Health Ethics 2 (2):135-145.
Boudewijn de Bruin (2009). Liberal and Republican Freedom. Journal of Political Philosophy 17 (4):418-439.
J. David Velleman (1989). Epistemic Freedom. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 70 (1):73-97.
Thomas Nys (2007). Full of Hope and Fear. Polish Journal of Philosophy 1 (2):99-117.
Charles Larmore (2003). Liberal and Republican Conceptions of Freedom. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 6 (1):96-119.
Robin Barrow (2009). Academic Freedom: Its Nature, Extent and Value. British Journal of Educational Studies 57 (2):178 - 190.
Ian Hunt (2001). Overall Freedom and Constraint. Inquiry 44 (2):131 – 147.
Added to index2012-10-13
Total downloads72 ( #58,545 of 1,796,170 )
Recent downloads (6 months)26 ( #29,546 of 1,796,170 )
How can I increase my downloads?