The importance of liberty is not in its value

Pellegrino, Gianfranco (2014) The importance of liberty is not in its value. [Working Paper]. LUISS Academy, Roma. p. 28. Working Paper (4/2014). ISBN 9788868560195.

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Ian Carter defended: “Independence: Freedom has value independently of the value of the actions one is free to do, or of any other consequence. This value gives us reasons to care for freedom.” The main purpose of this paper is a defense of the thesis that freedom's relevance can be fully explained in terms of the value of the actions one is free to do. Accordingly, Independence is false. I shall propose an alternative view, by arguing that in relevant cases freedom merely acts as an enabler of the value of the actions one is free to perform. Freedom is a condition needed to perform valuable actions, but it does not contribute any value to the overall value of states of affairs. Lacking freedom, certain actions that would be valuable when freely performed lose their value.

Item Type: Report / Paper (Working Paper)
Research documents and activity classification: Working Papers > Refereed Working Papers / of international relevance
Divisions: Department of Political Science > Center for Ethics and Global Politics
MIUR Scientific Area: Area 14 - Political and Social Sciences > SPS/01 Political Philosophy
Deposited by: Barbara Scipioni
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 11:29
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2015 23:16
URI: http://eprints.luiss.it/id/eprint/1329

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