The Bull in the China Shop: A Discussion of an Ambiguity Within Pettit's Theory of Freedom As Discursive Control (Philip Pettit's A Theory of Freedom: From the Psychology to the Politics of Agency)
Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 2005, Jan, 1, 1
Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy
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Pettit, Philip, A Theory of Freedom: From the Psychology to the Politics of Agency, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2001. ISBN: 0745620930 In Philip Pettit's "A Theory of Freedom", Pettit claims that being free to do something is being held responsible for what we do; so whatever theory of freedom we develop must allow the agent to be held responsible for the free actions that they do. In this paper I am going to examine Pettit's claim about what a satisfactory theory of freedom would require, and discuss several ambiguities within the theory. However, within this reading two major interpretations may be taken: the first of which suggests that freedom can only be freedom when there is a moral 'ought' involved; the second is a more generous reading in which freedom includes all realms of responsibility.
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- Category: Religion & Spirituality
- Published: 01 January 2005
- Publisher: Ashton and Rafferty
- Print Length: 13 Pages
- Language: English