This page features a collection of the best resources on freedom. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
To get started, simply choose one of the links below:
If you want a comprehensive overview of the idea of freedom:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Positive and Negative Liberty. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 9000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces the idea of freedom:
“Imagine you are driving a car through town, and you come to a fork in the road. You turn left, but no one was forcing you to go one way or the other. Next you come to a crossroads. You turn right, but no one was preventing you from going left or straight on. There is no traffic to speak of and there are no diversions or police roadblocks. So you seem, as a driver, to be completely free. But this picture of your situation might change quite dramatically if we consider that the reason you went left and then right is that you’re addicted to cigarettes and you’re desperate to get to the tobacconists before it closes…”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
- Reading Joe Gelonesi’s short article: Philosopher Philip Petit argues we should change our definition of freedom. [1500 words]
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
If you’d just like to casually browse a few quotes:
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on Freedom
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