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The Quality of Freedom

Matthew H. Kramer


At least since the publication of Isaiah Berlin's famous essay ‘Two Concepts of Liberty’ nearly half a century ago, political philosophers have argued vigorously over the relative merits of ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ accounts of freedom. Matthew Kramer writes squarely within the negative-liberty tradition, but he incorporates a number of ideas that are quite often associated with theories of positive liberty. Much of The Quality of Freedom is devoted to elaborating the necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of particular freedoms and unfreedoms; however, the book's cardinal objec ... More

Keywords: constraint, evaluation, freedom, Isaiah Berlin, liberty, measurement, negative liberty, positive liberty, unfreedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199247561
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199247560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew H. Kramer, author
Professor of Legal and Political Philosophy, University of Cambridge
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