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A Measure of Freedom
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A Measure of Freedom

Ian Carter

Abstract

When liberal political philosophers talk of equalizing, increasing or maximizing freedom (or liberty), they implicitly assume freedom to be a measurable attribute. Freedom is one of the currencies of a liberal theory of distributive justice, and is therefore assumed to be something that individuals can possess in varying degrees. Yet it is rarely clear what is meant by claims about degrees of freedom. To make sense of such claims, we need to clarify the concept of overall freedom and ask whether its measurement is theoretically possible. This concept is important because freedom has, for liber ... More

Keywords: comparative judgements, constraints on freedom, content-independent value, distributive justice, freedom, individuation of actions, intuitive judgements, liberty, measurement, non-specific value, overall freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198294535
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198294530.001.0001

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Ian Carter, author
Università di Pavia
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