IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(6): 408-413 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.857

Long Walks to Freedom or Royal Roads to Servitude? How History Can Broaden Our Culture and Deepen Our Humanity

Daryl L. Hale
Abstract—Abstract—‘Freedom’ is one of the most used but least understood words in our modern moral and political vocabulary. In recent American political usage, traditionalist libertarians have co-opted the word to protect individual freedoms while protesting communal concerns with equality. This paper argues that we can recover a strong sense of authenticity, as found in Charles Taylor’s work, that empowers individual creativity without their being absorbed into narrowly construed consumer choice options or shallow individualism. Amartya Sen discerns a moral depth in the historical succession of thinkers from Adam Smith through the present that argues for social justice as completing a flourishing sense of freedom.

Index Terms—F. A. Hayek, nelson mandela, Amartya Sen, adam smith, charles taylor.

D. L. Hale is with the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723 USA (e-mail: dhale@wcu.edu).

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Cite: Daryl L. Hale, "Long Walks to Freedom or Royal Roads to Servitude? How History Can Broaden Our Culture and Deepen Our Humanity," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 408-413, 2017.

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