Hello All, been a while since I last psted, and things in the uni-work situation haven’t changed much! I have an essay due tommorow, which should be interesting as I’m arguing about freedom in a Nietzschian / Gide / Margaret Atwood perspectives and whether Post Modernism or Modernism presents the best form of ‘freedom’.
To do this of course, I need to know what freedom is – we all think we know waht freedom is, but it is really quite a complex term to not only define but even reconcile to the real world. People have fought and died for freedom, but essentially it exists still as an independent concept – that is everybody has their own idea of what their personal freedom is, and philosophy certainly doesn’t seem to help reconcile that freedom.
Anyway – I regard freedom as the ability to choose between totaly equaly propositions or beliefs. By totaly equal, I mean probability and incentive wise.
In regards to this, if somebody was to coerce you into a decision, either by positive or negative means (reward or punishment), that decision would not be made freely, because the choice the external party wants you to make has a higher probability of appealing to you, as it results in a reward or removal of punishment.
As most everybody knows, advertising, marketing, society and environmental factors impact onteh decisions we make. Under my definition of freedom, I do not believe decisions influenced by these factors are free – the probability of your choices has been altered by some external factor.
These views of mine ar ein direct contrast to Mike’s, who believes (as best I understand) freedom is the ability to make a choice, regardless of the factors influencing your choice. Providing you have a choice, even if that choice is heavily influenced by an external party – it still represents the freedom.
2 thoughts on “Freedom”
FREEDOM – a personal or civil LIBERTY:liberty of action:frankness, undue familiarity: ease in action;boldness of conception:EXEMPTION:PRIVILEDGE:membership;free use of.>>LIBERTY-being free:freedom personified:right or power to do as one pleases :disengaged :having the right or permission to do:absecnce of law:setting aside of lrules, licence:PIECE OF PRESUMPTION:ASSUME THE RIGHT TO:priveldges enjoyed by subscription or grant:freedom of action subject to the law:right to profess and practice what one chooses>>freedom BY DEFINTION is acutally an imposition on others and as such negates itself- there can be no true form of freedom
This treatise is muchn easier to understand than the physical/mental.>Why expand? Freedom is the ability to choose.I agree with Mike. When are you ever going to have an unadulterated choice?All choices have external factors even if they are your ‘own’ past experiences.>For me ‘freedom to’but the most important concept in contrast to your rights is not to impinge on anyone elses freedom when exercising yours