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Can Structure Free Your Life?

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.
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Joshua Howard
Joshua Howardhttp://180theory.com
Joshua Howard is a hypnotist and NLP coach specializing in mindfulness for stress, fear, and anxiety. Like many things in his life, he discovered hypnosis and NLP by accident and fell in love with them after trying to disprove them. He has a master’s degree in interdisciplinary humanities, focused on philosophy and theory, and a graduate certificate in gender and women’s studies. He believes spiritual enlightenment means to find intellectual, emotional, and physical balance in a world beyond good and evil.
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