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The Morality of Freedom

Joseph Raz


This book explores, within a liberal framework, the nature, significance, and justification of political freedom or liberty. Against recent liberal positions, it is argued that political morality is neither rights‐based, nor equality‐based. What underlies rights, and the value of freedom, is a concern with autonomy. Autonomy requires, among other things, that individuals have an array of valuable options to choose from. The realm of values is marked by pluralism, incommensurability, and a dependence on social forms. Individualism is rejected and the importance of collective goods is given due ... More

Keywords: authority, autonomy, collective goods, freedom/liberty, incommensurability, individualism, neutrality, perfectionism, pluralism, rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1988 Print ISBN-13: 9780198248071
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198248075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Raz, author
University of Oxford
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