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  •  Grazie (2+ / 0-)
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    Janet Strange, Allogenes

    I haven't read any Berlin, but I just Googled him and can see that he was a major figure in philosophy. Most of my work is in the philosophy of language and Searle,  Russell, et al., have colored a lot of my thinking.

    Seems that the key work you're referring to is Two Concepts of Liberty (Oxford: 1958). In some commentary, I see this quoted:

    If degrees of freedom were a function of the satisfaction of desires, I could increase freedom as effectively by eliminating desires as by satisfying them; I could render men (including myself) free by conditioning them into losing the original desires which I have decided not to satisfy.

    Interesting stuff! Thanks for pointing me toward it.

    Every day's another chance to stick it to The Man. - dls.

    by The Raven on Sun May 20, 2007 at 09:46:20 AM PDT

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