Quote of the week

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The only freedom that deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not deprive others of theirs or impede their efforts to obtain it.

J.S. Mill


Mill, J. S. (1859). On Liberty, London, Penguin Books (page 72)

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  1. James Waudby said on August 5, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Hello Max, as I’ve have mentioned I have found myself interested in where personal freedom should begin and end and so I have been getting interested in utilitarianism and social contract theory. They have both left a bad taste in my mouth, though. The persuit of liberty for one’s own ends cannot be good – surely? Mill might say he isn’t depriving others, but he is.

    I think the following quote, which comes from a Marxist perspective, is much more attuned with my ‘current’ way of thinking.

    “Learning liberation…involves an imaginative leap to envision a form of humanistic socialism in which the valuing of human dignity and creativity is viewed as inseparable from the common stewardship of social resources…It involves learning to define one’s interests as the interests of the group as a whole rather than the persuit of individual advantage, learning to view identity as collectively created and maintained rather than individually crafted, and learning to view the personal alienation one feels in one’s life, work, relationships, and recreational pursuits as inextricably linked to the way one’s labour is defined and controlled.”

    Brookfield, J and Holst, J. (2011) Radicalizing Learning. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass. (Page 26)

    Any thoughts?


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