A Theory of Freedom

I argue that freedom is not found in “non-interference,” as many political philosophers have thought. Rather, freedom requires the social standing to demand that others recognize and respect your practical authority in the choices that belong to you.

With this conception of freedom in hand, I attempt to identify the specific challenges that we face in the pursuit of a freedom. How can we seek liberation in a radically unfree world?

In my teaching, my primary goal is to equip students with skills that are crucial to the pursuit of a free society: namely, the abilities to identify, assess, and articulate their views, and to encounter other people’s perspectives both sympathetically and critically.



John Lawless
Department of Philosophy
Utica College
1600 Burrstone Rd.
Utica, NY 13502

jclawles [at] utica [dot] edu