chapter  4
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Existential Syllogisms

It is perhaps surprising that this expression of pure existential philosophyand in my view among the highest such expressions-is given us by J. S. Mill in an otherwise nonexistential (but nonetheless groundbreaking) and muchbeloved tract on political liberalism. It is not so surprising, however, when one grants the thesis of the present book-that freedom is a logic, indeed the very logic of agency, and that there is no bright line between freedom full stop and freedom of which a slave is deprived.