Conference Notes #6 Tiger Zheng
Two Concepts of Liberty
Isaiah Berlin postulates that there are two distinct types of liberty
o Negative liberty
This liberty exists if one may act without physical barriers or
For instance, if I am trapped in a room, with nothing impeding
my movement, and there is a door out of reach, to some, I may
still have negative liberty in that I may still act.
o Positive liberty
Typically associated with groups of individuals
Conceptualized with self-mastery, and that one may take part
in the selection of the governing body.
Berlin also speaks to the corruption of positive liberty –
governments can use rhetoric to le