A Social Theory of Freedom

2016.11.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mariam Thalos, A Social Theory of Freedom, Routledge, 2016, 278pp., $119.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138931589. Reviewed by Per-Erik
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2016.11.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mariam Thalos, A Social Theory of Freedom, Routledge, 2016, 278pp., $119.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138931589. Reviewed by Per-Erik Milam, University of Gothenburg Philosophical discussions of freedom might plausibly be seen as revolving around two main centres of gravity: a 'metaphysical' conception of freedom as free action (or freedom of the will) and a 'political' conception of freedom as liberty. Mariam Thalos' new book is motivated by the belief that neither of these conceptions adequately captures the sort of freedom we care about. The problem, as she sees it, is that both mistakenly view freedom as the absence of constraint. As she characterises these views, metaphysical freedom is made possible by the absence of determinism and political freedom by the absence of domination. By contrast, Thalos argues that freedom is not properly understood as the absence of constraint, but rather as the "freedom to. . .

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