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A Theory of Freedom - Stanley I. Benn

A Theory of Freedom

Paperback Published: 12th December 1988
ISBN: 9780521348027
Number Of Pages: 356

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This book is a major contribution to the study of the philosophy of action, moral philosophy, and political philosophy. Its central idea is a radically unorthodox theory of rational action. Most contemporary Anglo-American philosophers believe that action is motivated by desire. Professor Benn rejects the doctrine and replaces it with a reformulation of Kant's ethical and political theory, in which rational action can be determined simply by principles, regardless of consequences. The book analyzes the way in which value conflicts can be rationally resolved, the objectivity of value, the concept of moral personality, the principles of non-interference and respect of persons, the ideals of autonomy and community and various aspects of individual rights--focusing on the rights to freedom, welfare, and privacy.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
persons and values
Practical rationality and commitment
Reasons in conflict: quandaries and consistency
Values and objectivity
natural personality and moral personality
The principle of respect for persons
Freedom of action
Freedom as autarchy
Autonomy, and positive freedom
Autonomy, integration, and self-development
Self-realization, instinctual freedom, and autonomy
Autonomy, association, and community
Human rights and moral responsibility
Interests in privacy
Conclusion: a semantic theory of freedom
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521348027
ISBN-10: 0521348021
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 12th December 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.52