Reconstructing republican freedom

Philosophy and Social Criticism 39 (3):277-298 (2013)
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This article presents a critique of Philip Pettit’s concept of ‘freedom as non-domination’ and provides an alternative theory of both domination and republican political freedom. I argue that Pettit’s neo-republican concept of domination is insufficient to confront modern forms of domination and that this hampers his concept of republican freedom and its political relevance under the conditions of modernity. Whereas the neo-republican account of domination is defined by ‘arbitrary interference’, modern forms of domination, I argue, are characterized by routinization and systemic forms of control and subordination. In the end, the neo-republican account of domination is more appropriate for 17th- and 18th-century social institutions rather than those that persist under modernity. In its place, I propose a more dynamic concept of domination and rework the concept of freedom in order to place the republican tradition within the context of modernity itself. I argue that the core insight of republicanism is its emphasis on the arrangement and reformation of social institutions to enhance social freedom. From this, I argue that republicanism can take its place as a more attractive alternative to liberal theory

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The two faces of domination in republican political theory.Michael J. Thompson - 2018 - European Journal of Political Theory 17 (1):1474885115580352.
Should socialists be republicans?Jan Kandiyali - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.

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Freedom as antipower.Philip Pettit - 1996 - Ethics 106 (3):576-604.

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