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Freedom: An Introduction with Readings


ISBN13: 9780415212465
ISBN: 0415212464
Published: January 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £22.99



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This work is an introductory textbook to the arguments about individual freedom. Nigel Warburton introduces and assesses the key arguments for and against individual freedom and toleration. Each chapter considers a fundamental argument about the scope of individual freedom, such as the concepts of negative and positive freedom; freedom of belief; the Harm Principle; and freedom of speech and expression. Each chapter is then clearly linked to a reading from a key thinker on these problems, including John Stuart Mill, Isaiah Berlin, Ronald Dworkin, and H.L.A. Hart. The text helps students to understand and evaluate some of the most important philosophical arguments for individual freedom; link classic philosophical arguments to contemporary issues, such as freedom of speech and expression; and approach philosophical texts with the ability to think clearly and critically. Key features also include activities and discussion points so that readers can monitor their progress throughout the book; and chapter summaries, and guides to further reading. It should be of interest to students of philosophy, politics and critical thinking.

Subjects:
Jurisprudence
Contents:
Preface 1. Two concepts of freedom 2. Freedom and Belief 3. The Harm Principle 4. Freedom of Speech 5. 'Experiments of Living' 6. Positive Freedom Readings: 1. 'Two Concepts of Liberty' Isaiah Berlin 2. 'Locke: toleration and the rationality of persecution' Jeremy Waldron 3. 'The place of liberty' Jonathan Wolff 4. 'Law, morality and the freedom of expression' Bernard Williams et al.
5. 'Liberty and pornography' Ronald Dworkin 6. 'Immorality and treason' H.L.A. Hart 7. 'Philosophical approaches to criminalization: consent and the harm principle' 8. 'What's wrong with negative liberty' Charles Taylor Appendix: Reasoning Answers to exercises Revision test Answers to revision test Bibliography Index