Core Course: The Philosophy of Freedom


Course Objective

You acquire:

• knowledge of theories of freedom 
and their political implications
• understanding of relation between the conceptual and normative
analysis of freedom 

• knowledge of different views about relation between political freedom
and moral autonomy 

• the ability to evaluate conceptions of freedom

Course Content

Whether they concern our personal responsibilities, the justification of
legal sanctions, or the role of the state: moral and political
discussions often are discussions about the nature and value of freedom.
This course will offer an overview of the philosophy of moral and
political freedom. It presents a systematic account of different
theories of freedom, discusses the relation between free will,
responsibility and freedom, and discusses the reasons why we value or
disvalue freedom. In doing so it will draw on recent contributions from
the social sciences, in particular from psychology and economics. The
implications of different views are examined for a variety of moral and
political issues (social justice, environmental policies, economic
freedom and globalization, accountability).

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Written test (30%) and essay (70%)



General Information

Course Code W_AAMPHUP001
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. J.J.W. Wieland
Examiner dr. J.J.W. Wieland
Teaching Staff dr. J.J.W. Wieland

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar