Freedom and Culture in Western Society

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Political Science - 319 pages
What does freedom mean? Does everyone in Western liberal democracies enjoy maximum freedom? Has freedom become a dogma, the meaning and justification of which has been forgotten? Critically examining the conceptions of freedom of some of the leading contemporary philosophers from Isaiah Berlin to Charles Taylor, Hans Blokland explores the value and significance that freedom has acquired in our political consciousness. He looks specifically at positive and negative freedom, emancipation and paternalism, and freedom and cultural politics.
 

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Contents

General introduction
1
Isaiah Berlin on positive and negative freedom
13
Positive and negative freedom
24
Some themes for discussion
34
Freedom of the individual
46
secondorder goals
53
life plan
66
integrity and willpower
73
Emancipation and paternalism
136
Ted Bentons emancipation paradox
149
paternalism and voluntariness
163
freedom and cultural politics
176
Culture and autonomy
189
Cultural policy
202
Determinants of cultural participation
231
Cultural politics within the culture of authenticity
247

the need for a startingpoint and the right centre
79
Freedom and society
85
the right to conditions of freedom
94
Charles Taylor critique of atomism
107
Balance
122
Towards a policy of cultural dissemination or demand
263
Epilogue
273
Freedom and autonomy
296
Name index
311
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