Freedom, interference and domination

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Interference and domination make persons less free. This paper discusses how they do so. It considers and rejects two influential recent accounts of freedom, one that holds that freedom is best understood in terms of non-interference and one that holds that freedom is best understood in terms of non-domination. Against these accounts, the paper argues that both interference and domination play an important role in reducing freedom and that neither concept can be reduced to the other. To bolster this argument, the paper presents and defends an account of freedom that relates both concepts back to a common source. This account shows that while interference and domination have independent significance for judgments of freedom both reduce freedom by obstructing the ability of persons to plan their lives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-230
Number of pages15
JournalPolitical Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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