Negative and Positive Liberty.docx

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Department
Political Science
Course
PO110
Professor
Christopher Anderson
Semester
Fall

Description
Negative and Positive Liberty Negative/Positive Liberty While government is often viewed as the enemy of individual freedom, T.H. Green argued that government action is often required to provide the basis for people to be fee to develop their individuality. Negative freedom: the absence of physical and legal restraints of actions; doesn’t necessarily make us free. Positive freedom: You have the freedom to accomplish what you want with assistance. If we think it is a positive power or capacity of doing something worthwhile or enjoying, then individuals in a primitive society with little/no government are less free than modern citizens, who are subject to laws. Modern society presents greater opportunities
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