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Single Idea 21015

[catalogued under 25. Society / C. Social Justice / 2. Social Freedom / e. Freedom of lifestyle]

Full Idea

The very idea of 'negative liberty' an incoherent idea: all liberties are positive, meaning liberties to do or to be something, which all require the inhibition of interference by others.

Gist of Idea

Negative liberty is incoherent; all liberties, to do and to be, require the prevention of interference


Martha Nussbaum (Creating Capabilities [2011], 3)

A Reaction

This rejects Isaiah Berlin's well-known claim that negative liberties are good, but positive liberties are far too dangerous.

Book Reference

Nussbaum,Martha C.: 'Creating Capabilities' [Belknap Harvard 2013], p.65