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POL 4275/5275 Professor Luxon Spring 2009 [email protected] Blegen 130 Office: 1350 SocSci OH: Wed, 1:00-3:00pm Study questions: Isaiah Berlin, “Two Concepts of Liberty” 1. How was freedom initially understood? Why must freedom be more than non-interference? Why might freedom not be easily balanced against other principles? 2. How does Berlin define negative freedom? Positive freedom? With which questions are each associated? 3. How is positive freedom connected to personal relationships? To self-governance or “the governing of oneself”? What activities are associated with self-governance and positive freedom? In your view, is self-governance the same as “being one’s own master” (p. 131)? 4. When you rule over yourself, what part of yourself rules?
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Unformatted text preview: Is ruled? How would you evaluate this model of “self-rule”? 4. What are the political dangers of the “positive” conception of freedom? 5. What are the merits of each kind of freedom? Can they exist at the same time? What challenges might this simultaneous existence pose? 6. Does Berlin prefer positive or negative freedom? How do you know – look for textual evidence, and mark the relevant passages in the text. 7. What are the challenges posed by “the one and the many” – that is, by living in a pluralist society? What do we gain from making choices between ultimate ends and absolute values (see p. 168)? How do we choose, such that these choices are not just the victory of the strong and powerful?...
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