Two Types of Liberty

We often think of freedom as being able to act without restraints. But as one’s freedom can affect the freedom of another, acting without restraint usually creates problems. To prevent that, we create rules. Philosopher Isaiah Berlin went one step further and distinguished two types of freedom: negative liberty, the absence of constraints, and positive liberty, the power to act regardless of limitations.

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00:00 Introduction to two concepts of liberty
00:50 Negative liberty
02:39 Positive liberty
04:06 Clash of ideologies
04:39 What do you think?
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05:07 Ending

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