Freedom

Freedom is a complex concept referring to the ability of a person for self-determination and personal autonomy and self-direction. Freedom is often considered in terms of freewill, the individual’s capacity to choose his or her own destiny rather than follow the dictates of determinism. Sometimes a distinction is made between negative freedom and positive freedom. The former means independence of determination by alien causes or absence of coercion or constraint (“freedom from”); the latter is the same as self-determination or autonomy or being one’s own master or being in charge of the fulfilment of one’s aspirations and the ability and resources to pursue one’s dreams and ambitions (“freedom to”). In both senses it revolves around the question of what controls us, our individual will or an external force.

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