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This paper explores a theoretical and political approach to discuss the idea and ideal of freedom. This approach is built through a dialogue between different theoretical views, especially Isaiah Berlin’s concept of freedom as non-interference, Philip Pettit’s idea of freedom as non-domination, and Nancy Hirschmann’s constructivist freedom.

It sustains that the idea of ‘non-oppression’ is a useful approach to consider freedom in its complexity. Reading freedom from the ‘key’ of oppression allows us to think of not only ‘spaces’ of freedom, but also who is free. This ‘key’ relates freedom to freedom of choice and, at the same time, indicates the necessity of non-domination and attention to the construction of choosing subjects.

This paper intends to emphasize that the choices take place in contexts, and these contexts involve relationships, emotions and values. They can be understood as a subjective aspect linked to choice; however, we want to highlight that social standards, structures of power and social meanings are what shape this subjectivity.

The social construction happens constantly, quietly and every day, and must be considered whenever we discuss freedom. In “Two Concepts of Liberty”, Isaiah Berlin develops the approach that deals with freedom in a dichotomous way. It is important to remember that Berlin is not conducting a linguistic or semantic analysis of the two concepts of freedom. Berlin’s two contrasting notions are freedom in its positive sense, characterized as ‘self-control’, and freedom in its negative sense, conceived as ‘non-interference’.

Initially, we could summarise the differences between the two concepts as follows: While the negative notion concerns avoiding interference in the actions of individuals and groups, the positive notion is concerned with issues related to the nature and exercise of power.

Berlin describes the negative freedom as follows:. Political liberty in this sense is simply the area within which a man can act unobstructed by others. Coercion implies the deliberate interference of other human beings within the area in which I could otherwise act. You lack political liberty or freedom only if you are prevented from attaining a goal by other human beings BERLIN,p. Even more directly, Berlin says that the defence of liberty consists in the “negative goal of preventing interference” BERLIN,p.

Thus, negative freedom is characterized by the absence of something — the interference; while positive freedom is characterized by the presence — of action, of participation in decision-making and self-determination: The value of freedom is in the possibility and act of making a choice between different, equally valuable and often irreconcilable purposes.

By choosing a value or an end instead of another, we realise what can be called self-creation. For Philip Pettit ba reference author to Roman neo-republicanism, Berlin’s separation of freedom is flawed. He argues that the dichotomy between positive and negative freedom is inaccurate and neglects a third possibility of understanding freedom: The neo-republican freedom, defined as non-domination, should not be seen only as an intermediate option between the formulations of non-interference and self-control, but as an ideal to be followed.

Pettit b emphasises that the concept of freedom as non-domination comes from an ancient tradition which means not being dominated or subjugated by anyone 1. The ideal of freedom as non-domination has its own conceptual status; it is a negative one, however, different from the liberal concept of freedom as non-interference.

What makes Pettit b claim that his concept of freedom, although negative, differs from the concept of liberal negative freedom defined by Berlin is the content of absence that is required in each concept. The two concepts evoke the notion of interference.

Interference constitutes an intentional act by which the agents are responsible. Acts of interference can be both coercion of the body and of the will, or just a kind of manipulation.

It includes acts that reduce the alternatives of choice or which increase the cost associated with a choice.

Therefore, interference can reduce choice or increase the cost of opting for one of the alternatives PETTIT, bpp. According to Pettit bgiven that the ideal of negative freedom offered by Berlin sees all kinds of interference as an impediment for freedom, the law, although necessary, is considered a limitation of freedom.

Pettit’s negative ideal of freedom is not concerned with all forms of interference, but with arbitrary interference. All arbitrary interference is a form of domination. The arbitrariness happens when an individual has the ability to act according to his will, to his arbitrium, without taking into account those who will be affected by their actions. Thus, “someone dominates or subjugates another to the extent that 1 they have the capacity to interfere 2 with impunity and at will 3 in certain choices that the other is in a position to make” PETTIT,p.


Pettit b explains what arbitrary acts are: An act is perpetrated on an arbitrary basis, we can say, if it is subject just to the arbitriumthe decision or judgment, of the agent; the agent was in a position to choose it or not choose it, at their pleasure” PETTIT, bp.

Since republican freedom’s concern eobre with the absence of arbitrary interference, that is, absence beflin domination, it will mainly differ in berlon aspects from freedom as non-interference. The first, according to the republican concept, is that it is possible to have domination without actual sobbre the second indicates that someone can be free even suffering interference.

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These differences reveal Pettit’s b effort to point out the distance between his conception of freedom and the liberal view of freedom as non-interference. The first reason is that, for the Republican authors, there may be domination even without an effective interference. This happens when someone has the power to interfere, even if in fact they do not.

Pettit a refers to the republican tradition to claim that a person, while living at the mercy of esttudos, is being dominated: The fact that the idea of freedom as non-interference does not imply that there is nothing inherently oppressive when some have power over others hhumanidade long as they are not effectively exercising such power, makes, according to Pettit bliberalism tolerant with domination relations at home 2at work or to the electorate.

The second difference highlighted by Pettit b is that republicanism acknowledges freedom where liberalism considers it compromised. This is directly connected to the understanding of the law. In the sense of freedom as non-interference, the fact of being subject to laws consists of a loss of freedom. To republicanism, laws that correspond to the thoughts and general interests can even be considered as a form of interference, but do not constitute a form of domination; therefore, they do not compromise the republican liberty.

The great condition for the law not to constitute arbitrary interference is that it takes into account all those who will be affected by it, i. Pettit and Lovettp. The first and most important idea is the conception of a free person as someone who does not live under the domain of others. In this iaiah, free is the one who does not live under the arbitrary desire or domination of others. The second idea is the concept of a free state as one that promotes the freedom of its citizens and is not a source of domination.

This is most humajidade achieved through the mixed constitution and the ‘rule of law’, which limit the power of the ruler. The third idea is the design of good citizenship as a constant and vigilant commitment to preserve the State in its distinctive role, which is to protect against domination and not be, by itself, an agent of domination. In view of Berlin’s and Pettit’s b elaborations, we are faced with the following picture: On the other hand, Philip Pettit’s b republican freedom as non-domination shows the importance of considering the contexts of domination, calling attention to the possibility of not being free, even without actual interference.

Reading Freedom from the Theme of Oppression

Thus, Pettit b offers us a tool to think about a number of relationships that wouldn’t receive the same kind of attention if we only used Berlin’s theory. Although Berlin’s and Pettit’s b idea of freedom focuses on the free subjects, my argument is that they lack a stronger question about who makes the choices and who is dominated; lacking in their approaches is an emphasis on the life of the subjects and the complexities of their relationships in a social context.

The argument that Pettit’s b formulation lacks a greater attention to the subjects who suffers domination does not ignore Pettit’s b efforts to dialogue with different theoretical perspectives, and particularly with feminism. In Republicanism the author states that “Not only can republicanism offer persuasive articulation of the central feminist claims, it also provides an articulation that has had a continuous history within the ranks of feminists themselves” PETTIT, bp.

Certainly, the choice of illustrating the idea of domination with an example of a woman’s situation in the domestic sphere is not random, and it somehow demonstrates Pettit’s concern to dialogue with feminist political theory. It was precisely with similar examples as the character of Nora that feminists such as Nancy Hirschmann and Marilyn Friedman demonstrate their reservations to the scope of the idea of freedom as non-domination developed by the author.

It is worth noting that these, as well as other feminist authors, recognize the relevance and importance of Pettit’s formulations. After all, the author’s theory raises the question of domination as a key issue for the contemporary political thinking and, therefore, there are meeting points with different feminist approaches. In this paper, I want to draw attention to Hirschmann critique to Pettitespecially the question that he neglects the social context in his formulation about freedom.

The feminist theories show that different characteristics, such as gender, have fundamental impact on position the different individuals in the society’s structure 3. Issues as gender, race and class unequally distribute the individuals in social positions, and different positions in the social structure provide advantages and disadvantages, incentives and disincentives to different choices and life opportunities.


In view of the importance of social context to consider the situations of domination, and therefore of freedom, questions about who is free and who is the subject of freedom are central to Nancy Hirschmann feminist concept of freedom, which is developed in a direct critical dialogue with different theoretical perspectives, therefore offering us an opportunity to observe the challenges that the feminist perspective poses for political theory in general.

Hirschmann feminist perspective is similar to the concept berliin negative liberty and the idea that to be free is to be able to choose. However — and this is the point —, for her, the theories on which freedom estudoss based, the ability to make choices, neglect, invariably, the conditions under which these choices are made. This concern extends our sight beyond ‘freedom itself’, and leaves us to think about the processes and situations involved with the very formation of desires, choices and will of the choosing subjects.

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Nevertheless, more than considering the restraints and incentives, it is necessary to think that the contexts are fundamental to the formation of the subject that will choose.

Therefore, the notion of ‘social construction’ is fundamental to the feminist vision of freedom developed by Hirschmann According to her words, “Freedom consists in the Power of the self to make choices and act on them, but the self that make choices, including her desires and self-understanding, is socially constructed An understanding of freedom that includes the experience of women, highlighting women as a subject of this freedom, a subject who makes a choice, should be aware of situations of domination that women experience.

From this standpoint, my question is: Given the isaiqh to contextualise the formation of preferences and choices, the concept of freedom berlij by Hirschmann seeks to establish that the wishes, preferences esstudos individual actions are also social constructions in the same way that the external conditions are, which work as barriers external to these wishes and preferences internal.

Humanidqde position does not involve undervaluing the dimension of individual choice, which is vital to issues such as reproductive freedom, sexual harassment, and employment disadvantage. However, individual choices are related to the context, and it is humsnidade in two ways: The second way is considering the context as an important element in the formation of identity and self-individual conceptions, that is, its influence on the formation of identities, preferences and choices of individuals.

My proposal on reading freedom largely follows the scheme proposed by Nancy Hirschmannalthough they are not identical. Before exploring this reading about freedom, it is productive to look upon some theoretical considerations about power developed by Amy Allensince such considerations go towards the articulation among concepts and isaiay some subsidies to the approach I intend to offer in this paper.

Amy Allen focuses on a hu,anidade, more complete and all-encompassing thinking of power, drawing on the experiences of women. According to the author, feminist approaches, when mobilising the theme of power, usually give emphasis to only one dimension of the concept of power. In others, the emphasis is on power as domination, that is, power is understood as power over something or someone. When power is understood from this perspective, the feminist analyses that share it usually prioritise discussing sobrw or patriarchal domination.

However, in the other approach, power is understood as a way of resistance and creative force, that is, it is seen from the perspective of empowerment, as sobrf to do something.

Such theories usually have a reference to women’s experiences of care, and understand power as a capacity for transformation and empowerment.

The first aspect to be integrated is, as we have seen, linked to systems of domination. A conception of power should be useful to illuminate the various systems of domination power over — including sexism, racism, heteronormativity and class oppression ALLEN,p. The second aspect, which follows the idea of an integrative view of power, must include a perception of power to do something: The third aspect of a multi-faceted and feminist conception of power encompasses a perception of the collective exercise humanidave power.

This is a vision of hhmanidade that draws attention to the possibility of building coalitions in the struggle for social equality, understood as power with.

The author summarises her propositions as follows: I share with Amy Allen’s power analysis the view that: My argument is that the concept of freedom as the notion of power presented by Allen will be a theoretical and political tool if we are able to mobilize it in different situations.