The Morality of Freedom

The Morality of Freedom

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By (author) Joseph Raz

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 28mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 20 October 1988
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198248075
  • ISBN 13: 9780198248071
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: index
  • Sales rank: 134,082

Product description

Ranging over central issues of morals and politics, this book discusses the nature of freedom and authority. It examines the role of value-neutrality, rights, equality, and the prevention of harm in the liberal tradition, and relates them to fundamental moral questions such as the relation of values to social forms, the comparability of values, and the significance of personal commitments.

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'as significant a new statement of liberal principles as anything since Mill's On Liberty.' Times Literary Supplement 'an impressive treatise' Canadian Journal of Philosophy

Table of contents

The problem of political freedom. Part 1: the bounds of authority; authority and reason; the justification of authority; the authority of states. Part 2: anti-perfectionism; neutral political concern; the exclusion of ideals. Part 3: individualistic freedom - liberty and rights; the nature of rights; right-based moralities; equality; liberty and rights. Part 4: society and value; consequentialism - an introduction; personal well-being; incommensurability. Part 5: freedom and politics; autonomy and pluralism; freedom and automony. Index.