We speak of being 'free' to speak our minds, free to go to college, free to move about; we can be cancer-free, debt-free, worry-free, or free from doubt. The concept of freedom (and relatedly the notion of liberty) is ubiquitous but not everyone agrees what the term means, and the philosophical analysis of freedom that has grown over the last two decades has revealed it to be a complex notion whose meaning is dependent on the context. The Oxford Handbook of Freedom will crystallize this work and craft the first wide-ranging analysis of freedom in all its dimensions: legal, cultural, religious, economic, political, and psychological. This volume includes 28 new essays by well regarded philosophers, as well some historians and political theorists, in order to reflect the breadth of the topic.This handbook covers both current scholarship as well as historical trends, with an overall eye to how current ideas on freedom developed. The volume is divided into six sections: conceptual frames (framing the overall debates about freedom), historical frames (freedom in key historical periods, from the ancients onward), institutional frames (freedom and the law), cultural frames (mutual expectations on our 'right' to be free), economic frames (freedom and the market), and lastly psychological frames (free will in philosophy and psychology).
Table of Contents
I. Chapter 1: Self-ownership Dan RussellChapter 2: Positive Freedom and the General Will Piper L. Bringhurst and Gerald GausChapter 3: Moralised Conceptions of Liberty Ralf BaderChapter 4: On the Conflict between Liberty and Equality Hillel Steiner Chapter 5: Freedom and Equality Elizabeth Anderson Chapter 6: Non-domination Frank Lovett Chapter 7: The Point of Self-ownership David SobelII. Chapter 8: Platonic Freedom Fred MillerChapter 9: Aristotelian Freedom David KeytChapter 10: Freedom in the Scholastic Tradition Edward FeserChapter 11: Freedom, Slavery and Identity in Renaissance Florence Orlando PattersonChapter 12: Freedom and Enlightenment Ryan HanleyChapter 13: Adam Smith's Libertarian Paternalism Jim OttesonIII.Chapter 14: Market Failure, the Tragedy of the Commons, and Default Libertarianism in Contemporary Economics and Policy Mark BudolfsonChapter 15: Planning, Freedom and the Rule of Law Steve WallChapter 16: Freedom, Regulation and Public Policy Mark PenningtonChapter 17: Boundaries, Subjection to Laws and Affected Interests Carmen Pavel Chapter 18 Democracy and Freedom Jason Brennan Chapter 19: Can Constitutions Limit Government? Michael Huemer IV. Chapter 20: Freedom and Religion Richard ArnesonChapter 21: Freedom and Influence in Formative Education Kyla Ebels-DugganChapter 22: Freedom and the (Posthumous) Harm Principle David BooninV. Chapter 23: Exploitation and Freedom Matt Zwolinski Chapter 24: Voluntariness, Coercion, Self-ownership Serena Olsaretti Chapter 25: The Impartial Spectator and the Moral Teachings of Markets Virgil StorrVI. Chapter 26: Disciplinary Specialization and Thinking for Yourself Elijah Millgram Chapter 27: Free Will as a Psychological Accomplishment Eddy NahmiasChapter 28: Prisoners of Misbelief: Why the Friends and Theorists of Freedom Should Pay More Attention to its Epistemic Conditions Allen Buchanan