Measuring republican freedom

Côté, N. (2022) Measuring republican freedom. Synthese, 200(6), 486. (doi: 10.1007/s11229-022-03964-9)

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Republican and so-called independence conceptions of freedom stand out from other conceptions by embedding strong modal conditions on what it takes for a person to count as being free to do something. For this reason, the extent of one’s freedom, conceived under republican/independentist lights, cannot be measured by any of the measures of freedom that have been developed so far in the literature on freedom, since these do not register the requisite modal constraints. In this paper I propose a measure of freedom that does capture the requisite modal concerns. I do so by relying on work in the semantics of counterfactuals to define a measure of how modally robustly available an option is to an individual.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding was provided by SSHRC.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cote, Mr Nicolas
Authors: Côté, N.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Synthese
ISSN (Online):1573-0964
Published Online:16 November 2022

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