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Freedom: An Introduction with Readings (Philosophy and the Human Situation) [Paperback]

Nigel Warburton
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14 Sep 2000 0415212464 978-0415212465
This introduction to the arguments about individual freedom is ideal for newcomers to philosophy or political thought. Each chapter considers a fundamental argument about the scope of individual freedom, including the concepts of negative and positive freedom, freedom of belief, the Harm Principle, and freedom of speech and expression. Each argument is then clearly linked to a reading from key thinkers on each of these problems: Isaiah Berlin, Jeremy Waldron, Jonathan Wolff, Bernard Williams, Ronald Dworkin, H.L.A. Hart and Charles Taylor.
Key features include clear activities and discussion points, chapter summaries, and guides to further reading.
^Freedom will be of interest to students of philosophy, politics and critical thinking.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (14 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415212464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415212465
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.3 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nigel Warburton (1962 - ). Nigel Warburton is a freelance philosopher and podcaster and bestselling author of several popular introductory Philosophy books including A Little History of Philosophy, Philosophy: The Basics, Thinking from A to Z, Philosophy: The Classics, Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction, Philosophy: Basic Readings, Freedom: An Introduction with Readings, and The Art Question. He has also co-edited two books based on his popular Philosophy podcast which he makes with David Edmonds 'Philosophy Bites'. On Twitter he his @philosophybites, and he runs the weblogs Virtual Philosopher and Art and Allusion. His other podcasts include Social Science Bites, Free Speech Bites, Everyday Philosophy, and Philosophy: The Classics - all available on iTunes.

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Nigel Warburton is lecturer in philosophy at the Open University. He is author of the bestsellers Philosophy: The Basics; Thinking from A-Z; Philosophy: The Classics; and Philosophy: The Basic Readings, all available from Routledge. >

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I was required to complete an essay on the distinction between positive and negative freedom for part of my degree, and whilst researching in the library, I came upon Nigel Warburton's "Freedom".
I found the book immensely helpful, as it was up to date with current issues and controversies, and contained a lot of easy to understand, pertinent examples. Many political science texts are quite difficult to grasp, because the authors use complex, technical terminology. However, Warburton writes in a relaxed style, which is casual without "dumbing down" the issues.
I especially liked the way that he focused on specific passages of each author's work, then interpreted them in his own words. It was also good that he included the full readings (for instance, Charles Taylor's article) at the back so that readers who wished to gain a more in-depth understanding of the original text could do so.
The questions within each chapter encouraged the reader to actively engage with the text, and it was handy that answers were provided to see if you were on the right track.
Although I believe this book would be best suited to students, anyone with an interest in the issues surrounding freedom and its applications will find it a great help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't all philosophers write like this? 23 July 2010
A superbly written introduction, excellent for the beginner to philosophy. I am a teacher and found this useful as well for planning activities for students adapted from the activities that Warburton himself provides. Warburton goes to pains to explain difficult language and makes no assumptions of philosophical ability.
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