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CROWDER, George. “The Idea of Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Anarchism"
Article published on 4 June 2004
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Ph.D. University of Oxford, 1987. 307 p.

DAI, VOL. 49-08A, Page 2374

“ Against recent claims that the anarchist idea of freedom is negative, it is argued that it is a species of positive liberty: the traditional "rationalist" idea of freedom as the determination of the individual by his authentic self, conceived as that part of his personality governed by reason and the moral law. This interpretation may seem surprising in view of the influential thesis, associated with Berlin, that there is a conceptual connection between positive ideas of liberty and authoritarian political theories. A proper understanding of the anarchists, whose idea of freedom is both positive and libertarian, shows that thesis to be mistaken”.

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