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Constraint, Condition

May 17, 2009

As I’ve noted before, I hate the way that the liberal freedom/constraint binary obscures the extent to which constraints are always conditions of possibility for freedoms. If I have religious freedom it is only because other people are constrained in some ways. It is for this reason that I prefer the word “condition.” The word “condition” has both liberating and restricting connotations.

Anthony Giddens makes the same claim in The Constitution of Society, which I’m presently enjoying.

All types of constraint … are also types of opportunity, media for the enablement of action.

Rock on.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 18, 2009 3:51 am

    That’s Lord Giddens to you, peasant. Bow your head – BOW YOUR HEAD!

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