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25. Social Practice / A. Freedoms / 5. Freedom of lifestyle

[extent to which citizens can live as they wish]

38 ideas
Bondage and liberation are relative terms, which only frighten those already terrified of the universe [Anon (Cent)]
It is not good to be too free [Pascal]
Freedom in society is ability to do what is right, and not having to do what is wrong [Montesquieu]
Like rich food, liberty can ruin people who are too weak to cope with it [Rousseau]
Appetite alone is slavery, and self-prescribed laws are freedom [Rousseau]
Schiller speaks obsessively of freedom throughout his works [Schiller, by Berlin]
True liberal freedom is to pursue something, while being free to cease the pursuit [Hegel, by Houlgate]
People assume they are free, but the options available are not under their control [Hegel]
Mill defends freedom as increasing happiness, but maybe it is an intrinsic good [Wolff,J on Mill]
Utilitarianism values liberty, but guides us on which ones we should have or not have [Mill, by Wolff,J]
True freedom is pursuing our own good, while not impeding others [Mill]
Restraint for its own sake is an evil [Mill]
Individuals are not accountable for actions which only concern themselves [Mill]
Blocking entry to an unsafe bridge does not infringe liberty, since no one wants unsafe bridges [Mill]
Pimping and running a gambling-house are on the border between toleration and restraint [Mill]
The free development of each should be the condition for the free development of all [Marx/Engels]
Saints want to live as they desire, or not to live at all [Nietzsche]
We need security and liberty, and then encouragement of creativity [Russell]
Berlin distinguishes 'negative' and 'positive' liberty, and rejects the latter [Berlin, by Swift]
The idea of liberation suggests there is a human nature which has been repressed [Foucault]
Prisons gradually became our models for schools, hospitals and factories [Foucault, by Gutting]
The right-wing conception of freedom is based on the idea of self-ownership [Cohen,GA]
Plenty of people have self-ownership, but still lack autonomy [Cohen,GA]
Freedom needs autonomy (rather than causal independence) - embracing our own desires and choices [Frankfurt]
Liberty Principle: everyone has an equal right to liberties, if compatible with others' liberties [Rawls]
Autonomy seems to acquire greater weight when the decision is more important to a person [Glover]
Negative liberty is incoherent; all liberties, to do and to be, require the prevention of interference [Nussbaum]
The most valuable liberties to us need not be the ones with the most freedom [Kymlicka]
Nowadays we identify the free life with the good life [Gray]
Liberty principles can't justify laws against duelling, incest between siblings and euthanasia [Wolff,J]
Either Difference allows unequal liberty, or Liberty makes implementing Difference impossible [Wolff,J]
Capabilities are part of freedom, involving real opportunities [Sen]
Freedom can involve capabilities, independence and non-interference [Sen]
Maybe a freedom is from a restraint, and also in order to do something [Swift]
Freedom may work against us, as individuals can choose to leave, and make fewer commitments [Harari]
'Freedom from' is an empty idea, if the freedom is not from impediments to my desires [Charvet]
Positive freedom can lead to coercion, if you are forced to do what you chose to do [Charvet]
First level autonomy is application of personal values; second level is criticising them [Charvet]