In Defense of the Compatibility of Freedom and Equality
Texas Wesleyan Law Review, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 769-781, 2007
This paper looks for philosophical arguments in favor of the link between freedom and equality and against the traditional opposition between these values. The best way of defending this link is by adopting a certain definition of freedom, namely freedom as autonomy, self-rule and self- ealization/self-development. Other types of freedom are more difficult to combine with demands of equality.
An important part of the link between freedom and equality is the law and the state. Protection by the law, security because of the law, the creation of a public space by the law, political participation in a democratic state based on the law, are factors which combine in producing an equal liberty for all, liberty in the sense of self-rule, freedom of choice and the possibility to determine your own life and to develop your self.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: freedom, equality, philosophy, development, law, state, public space
JEL Classification: K00Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 11, 2009
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