login about faq

There is no reason to think of freedom as an all-or-nothing concept. Freedom really does come in degrees. And since it comes in degrees, we can compare the relative positions of different countries in terms of freedom. (Liberty works the same way)

Do objectivists agree with this view of freedom

asked Mar 19 '11 at 19:47

Fareed's gravatar image


Your question confuses two different senses of freedom. In any specific concrete instance you are either free or not. You either act on your judgment without encountering force blocking you, or you do not. In that sense freedom is absolute, all-or-nothing.

However, life consists of an ongoing stream of concrete acts, and in a mixed society it is possible (indeed likely) that you will be blocked by force in some of them and not others. This is the sense in which we can compare degrees of freedom: which proportion of a man's actions are free and which are not. But this comparative sense of freedom is built on top of and logically depends on the all-or-nothing sense as described above.

answered Mar 19 '11 at 19:58

Kyle%20Haight's gravatar image

Kyle Haight ♦

Follow this question

By Email:

Once you sign in you will be able to subscribe for any updates here



Answers and Comments

Share This Page:



Asked: Mar 19 '11 at 19:47

Seen: 1,211 times

Last updated: Mar 19 '11 at 19:58