Four essays on liberty
"Political Ideas in the Twentieth Century", Historical Inevitability", "Two Concepts of Liberty", "John Stuart Mill and the Ends of Life". These four essays deal with the various aspects of individual liberty, including the distinction between positive and negative liberty and the necessity of rejecting determinism if we wish to keep hold of the notions of human responsibility and freedom.
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I have yet to read all the essays in the book, but "Two Concepts of Liberty" is complex and brilliantly argued. I think readers cannot agree with everything he makes of positive and negative liberty, especially his characterization of Marxism and positive liberty, but it is undeniable that he presents an original, well-researched, informed perspective on the idea of liberty itself and its desirability. Whether you favour negative over positive liberty, vice versa, or both, his work is bound to inspire great thought on the subject. His long, flowing prose is, in addition, refreshing in an age of contribed business writing, and as philosopher from Oxford, he is someone you can feel confident in taking seriously.
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