Isaiah Berlin made a now classic distinction between negative and positive conceptions of freedom. In this book Yildiz Silier introduces a fresh way of looking at these conceptions and presents a new defence of the positive conception of freedom. Revealing how the internal debate between various versions of negative freedom give rise to hybrid conceptions of freedom which in turn are superseded by various versions of the positive conception of freedom, Silier concludes that Marx's concrete historical account of positive freedom resolves many of the key debates in this area and provides a fruitful framework to evaluate the freedoms and unfreedoms that are specific to capitalism. This book examines the thought of the paradigm thinkers in this debate, F.A. Hayek on negative freedom and T.H. Green on positive freedom and then ranges over the contributions to this debate made by both classical thinkers such as Kant, Hegel, and Marx, and those involved in contemporary debates on communitarianism, capitalism and self-determination, such as C. Taylor, D. Miller, F. Oppenheim and C.B. Macpherson.

chapter |5 pages


part I|70 pages

The Negative Conception of Freedom

chapter 1|12 pages

Hayek's Notion of Freedom

chapter 2|13 pages

Constraints on Freedom

chapter 3|8 pages

Free Action, Free Person and Free Society

chapter 4|15 pages

Limits of Negative Freedom in Capitalism

chapter 5|20 pages

The Hybrid View

part II|93 pages

The Positive Conception of Freedom

chapter 6|16 pages

Green's Notion of Freedom

chapter 7|11 pages

Kant on Rational Self-Determination

chapter 8|13 pages

Hegel on Concrete Freedom

chapter 10|17 pages

Freedom as the Power for Self-Determination

chapter |5 pages