Freedom: Reassessments and Rephrasings by Jose V. Ciprut

By Jose V. Ciprut

A few philosophers conceive freedom as a country; others view it as an awesome. A songwriter sees it as a lifestyle: "Like a poultry on a twine, like a under the influence of alcohol in a nighttime choir, i've got attempted in my option to be free." The embattled statesman and the political idealist understand causal hyperlinks between own freedoms, societal democracy, and international peace. during this cross-disciplinary quantity, interlinked contributions reconsider and rephrase the conceptualizations and theorizations of freedom and their applicability to lifestyle. Framed by means of historic contexts, the field-specific stories provided aid reconcile thought and perform. the original ideational framework mirrored during this publication could be paraphrased in six phrases, a query mark, and a (muted) exclamation element: Freedom? pay attention what you would like for (!).

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The point of departure from the Classical model, we shall see, will occur in the post-Classical world, in the philosophical schools of the Hellenistic age and in the popular Christian literary genre of hagiography. In these two fields, freedom was transformed from a public status to a private virtue, a meaning it still holds today. Slaves and Masters The contrast between Classical and modern approaches to freedom can be best demonstrated by looking at freedom of expression. ” This is a fundamental right according to our conception of freedom, but not so for the ancient Greeks.

Meanwhile, the revolutionary generation had transformed the religious sense of mission into an earthly experiment in democracy, a simultaneous commitment to both freedom and equality, a very peril- Freedom? The Very Thought of It! 25 ous balancing act. One can understand the Civil War as a conflict between two very different meanings of freedom: on one side, the individual freedom of human beings from slavery; and, on the other side, the freedom of local communities to determine their own laws and customs.

The same principle, applied more broadly, justifies the male domination of the female, and the free man’s domination of the slave. Accordingly, not only is slavery ‘not a problem’ but potentially it is part of an ideal relationship in which a fully realized man, the free man, who uses his Freedom and the Free Man 35 mental capacities, is in control of the slave—a human tool that is capable of reason but does not use it (see Williams and Barber’s distinction between liberty and freedom, chap. 4 in this book).

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