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Critique of FreedomThe Central Problem of Modernity$
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Otfried Höffe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226465906

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226466064.001.0001

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Putting Freedom and Modernity to the Test

Putting Freedom and Modernity to the Test

(p.1) 1 Putting Freedom and Modernity to the Test
Critique of Freedom

Otfried Höffe

, Nils F. Schott
University of Chicago Press

This chapter introduces the thesis of the book, that freedom is the highest good for human beings in general and for modernity in particular. It also introduces the three aspects of freedom the book explores: normative freedom, empirical freedom, and the regeneration of freedom through self-critique and what the author calls enlightened liberalism. These ideas are explored through an engagement with thinkers from Greek antiquity to modern thinkers such as Rousseau, Kant, and others.

Keywords:   freedom, modernity, normativity, self-critique, liberalism, Greek antiquity, Rousseau, Kant

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