Structure is often thought of as a major limitation on human life. But is this really the case? Does structure limit our ability to really open up our lives to freedom or does it limit us to the point where we cannot actualize who we actually are?
Or is the whole question actually much more complicated than this? Is it important to structure our lives out or should we live in such a way where we can embrace the moment for what it is?
Negative Freedom or Liberty
Philosophers use the phrases “negative freedom”/“negative liberty” and “positive freedom”/“positive liberty” following in the footsteps of Isaiah Berlin (Berlin 1969), though the concepts predate this label.
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Berlin, I., 1969, “Two Concepts of Liberty”, in I. Berlin, Four Essays on Liberty, London: Oxford University Press. New ed. in Berlin 2002.
Carter, Ian, 2019, “Positive and Negative Liberty”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta (ed.)
Hobbes, Thomas, and J. C. A. Gaskin. 1998. Leviathan. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
MacCallum, G. C. Jr., 1967, “Negative and Positive Freedom”, Philosophical Review, 76: 312–34.
Freedom by LOUI JOVER