The Oxford English Dictionary defines freedom as "The state of being able to act without hindrance or restraint, liberty of action". More often than not, people do not take the time to realize all of the freedoms in existence around the world today. Take a moment and realize the importance of freedom based upon the many struggles today and in the past for this ideal. Many major campaigns, wars, and conflicts have been driven by the conquest for freedom.
The definition of freedom can be explained best using the literary concepts of description, exemplification, and negation. Freedom is a very complicated word to define in any one way. It presents many challenges in our direction. It can be interpreted various ways because there are so many freedoms that are available to discuss and consult. If people were not allowed basic freedoms, such as freedom of speech, the world would be a drastically different place to live in. Freedom has never come easily and most likely never will for anyone or any place. People with great freedom in their lives are always proud and delighted at the achievement.
Malinowski wrote, "Freedom is a symbol which stands for a sublime and powerful ideal. The same symbol, however, may become a dangerous weapon in the hands of the enemies of freedom". Indeed, freedom is quite powerful and when the wrong person possesses the power, it can become very limiting upon society's basic freedoms. Bronislaw Malinowski wrote, "Freedom can be defined as the conditions necessary and sufficient for the formation of a purpose, its translation into effective action through organized cultural instrumentalities, and the full enjoyment of the results of such activity". It is true that many prerequisites must be met to get a freedom established. Freedom has never come easily and most likely never will for anyone or any place. Many people have to join and fight to obtain the freedom required. In the past, freedom has been thought of as "a fighting...
What is freedom? Freedom is the right that everyone is granted, in most countries, the day they are born The constitution of the United States of America gives us the right to freedom because we are United States citizens. Freedom is the right to express oneself in any way they choose. Freedom is defined as having liberty of action or thought, independent, self-governed, or not controlled by an outside party. Freedom has a different meaning to each individual thus making it hard to find a clear concise definition. Liberty,
Independence, sovereignty, autonomy, privilege, immunity, and indulgence are all words often associated with freedom. Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and justice. Independence is granted by freedom in the sense that an outside party does not control you. To gratify ones desires by whichever ways they choose is freedom through indulgence. Privileges are granted through freedom. In some countries the dictator or ruler makes choices for their people on regards to what profession they will have or to what religion they will worship. In the United States we have special privileges that let the people of the country decide on their own religion and professions.
Freedom has limitations just as it has privileges. Everyone is allowed freedom...
...Freedom Our fore fathers fought for political freedom from the tyranny of England and its kings. Slaves fought for freedom and equality. Women fought for the freedom from their stereotypical "wifely duty"� and their right to vote. We now are beginning to see freedom, due to the World Trade Center Disaster, being redefined and more defined. Young Americans of the past saw freedom differently than young Americans of today. The pampered youth of today's society use freedom in regard to getting a car or getting to buy new clothes. Freedoms to colonial young Americans were not so petty. They were a big part in helping our country break free from England and to them being free from the religious restraints of their day were freedoms celebrated, not just getting name brand clothing. I believe, as Americans, we are free but our freedom comes with responsibility that should not be taken so lightly. Maybe we have lost view of what freedom truly is and what it is meant to do.
Freedom has a wide range of application from total absence of restraint to merely a sense of not being hampered or frustrated in decisions one makes in life. We have, for some time now, taken our freedoms for granted. The freedoms from one state to another or one country to another differ greatly, making a true...
...A Short Essay on Freedom
What exactly is freedom? Can you taste it, see it, reach out and touch it? The answer to these questions is no. However, if reflected upon, freedom can certainly be felt, not by the hands but by the emotion called feeling. Since all we can do is describe properties of freedom, the question remains how freedom is explainable with words.
Youth are not burdened by restrictions placed upon adults; therefore, a simpler idea of being able to do certain things is evident, by the child. The child feels freer than an adult would, because the adult understands the rules of civilization. As children grow, beginning to have responsibilities, they begin to understand the rules of civilization. Activities that once seemed easy to engage in become more and more complicated as ideas of restrictions come into focus.
What sort of restrictions come into focus is the direct result of activities that humans engage in. If the youth grows up hunting, for example, it seems easy for the adult to say, let's go hunting. The child grabs all the stuff necessary and is ready to fly out the door on an adventure. The adult has made all necessary preparations to do this activity, acquiring the license and checking the seasons, and other such rules that might apply. The child sees a fanciful adventure; the adult looks around to make sure all rules pertaining...
...Freedom has been a rallying call for reformers and revolutionaries throughout human history. The passion and sacrifice poured into that cause has however, not been based on any general consensus about the definition of the term. Almost the first thing to strike any student of the subject is the bewildering variety of concepts, social constructs and meanings that have become attached to this single emotive word. This is an issue in human history far too important to be ignored in this series of Essays. An attempt must therefore be made to build the idea anew on the base of an acceptance of the Axioms and choice of the Dogma, and on the Principles and Aim of the Society that arise from those decisions.
The first and most fundamental proposition to emerge from the Axioms and Dogma on this subject is the priority of the Conditions of the Dogma set out in Treatises of the first founding book of the Society. That priority makes it clear that without the existence of our species there can be no freedom however defined. While it is possible for an adherent of the Society of HumanKind to echo the cry 'Death before slavery' and even to act on it in extreme circumstances, the Society of HumanKind can never support such action if a contravention of the Third Principle results. The destruction of a social order compatible with the conditions of the Dogma can never be justified by a desire for greater individual freedom.
...John Locke and John Stuart Mill's Definition of Freedom
John Locke believes that man ought to have more freedom in political
society than John Stuart Mill does. John Locke's The Second Treatise of
Government and John Stuart Mill's On Liberty are influential and potent literary
works which while outlining the conceptual framework of each thinkers ideal
state present two divergent visions of the very nature of man and his freedom.
John Locke and John Stuart Mill have different views regarding how much freedom
man ought to have in political society because they have different views
regarding man's basic potential for inherently good or evil behavior, as well as
the ends or purpose of political societies.
In order to examine how each thinker views man and the freedom he ought
to have in political society it is necessary to define freedom or liberty from
each philosophers perspective.
In The Second Treatise of Government, John Locke states his belief that
all men exist in "a state of perfect freedom to order their actions and dispose
of their possessions and person as they think fit, within the bounds of the law
of nature, without asking leave or depending upon the will of any other man. "
(Locke 4) Locke believes that man exists in a state of nature and thus exists
in a state of uncontrollable liberty which has only the law of nature to
restrict it, which is...
2nd Period Social Studies
Loyalty vs. Freedom
You have just returned home from a day’s work in the shop, when all of a sudden your door is kicked down. The dust settles. Four British troops enter, weapons drawn. One of the troops comes and points his rifle at your chest, bayonet stabbing your skin. “Are you loyal to England, or are you a rebel traitor, a patriot?” You look towards your family, cowering in the corner. You know that your decision will mean life or death. What would you say? These are tense times for our young nation. Right now, there are only two types of people: Loyalists and patriots. Patriots fight for the freedom that our children and grandchildren should have, but loyalists remain loyal to England. There are many reasons why we patriots choose to be who we are. No more unfair taxes, a representation in government, and getting the freedom we came for are just a few reasons why people choose to be patriots. So, what would you have said? If you said a loyalist, this might just change your mind.
The British had placed several taxes on us that benefitted themselves more than they did us, and many of these were done without our approval. The first of these taxes was the Quartering Act. This act was the one of the ones that started our distrust of England. We are forced to feed and shelter British troops in the area. Stamp-act-history.com states that “The act required colonial...
Freedom? Or Restriction?
Cheongna Dalton School
Class Section A
Hyun Jun Han
Theoretical Psychology Experiment
Title: Freedom? Or Restriction?
Name: Hyunjun Han
Institutional Affiliation: Cheongna Dalton School
Class section: A
For long there has been a surplus of controversy regarding the human race’s choice between freedom and restriction. Do people excel in a environment where they are restricted, or do they excel when they are completely free? According to behaviors of societies or groups, the answer would vary to that question. For example, whilst the German dictators believed in democracy and supported it, they had chosen totalitarianism over democracy when needed. On the other side, or for a more modern example, the company Gore has and did not have any management system, no boss, no rankings in the company and yet it thrives within its freedom. Thus, to truly judge which may be the better choice, the roots of both the German dictators decision and the company Gore’s policies must be studied, the behavior of individuals when faced with either restriction or freedom. Therefore, in short it boils down to whether the average person can do better in restriction or do better in freedom, this decides humanities’ adherence to either side.
To hypothesize, because of the fact that restrictions allow or focus on smaller...
Lecture 2: Positive and Negative Liberty
1. William E. Connolly: Liberty as an ‘Essentially-Contested Concept’ • See Connolly, The Terms of Political Discourse (1983), and the relevant excerpt in CKS (i.e. Freedom: A Philosophical Anthology, ed. Ian Carter, Matthew Kramer and Hillel Steiner (Blackwell, 2007).) • The idea of an “essentially contested concept” – a concept that cannot be specified in detail in advance of normative debates. • The meanings of terms like liberty, equality and democracy cannot be given a neutral specification in advance of settling disagreements about the use and significance of these concepts, and an account of how they fit within a broader political view. (This would undermine a putative neat conceptual/normative distinction.) • “Debates about the criteria properly governing the concept of freedom are in part debates about the extent to which the proposed criteria fulfil the normative point of the concept and in part about exactly what the point is. To refuse to bring these considerations into one’s deliberations about ‘freedom’ is either to deny oneself access to the very considerations that can inform judgement about the concept or to delude oneself by tacitly invoking the very considerations formally eschewed.” (CKS, 200) • “… ‘Freedom’ is contested partly because of the way it bridges a positivist dichotomy between “descriptive” and “normative” concepts.” (CKS, 200) • Connolly’s...