Existentialism And Negative Freedom: The Difference Between Freedom And Positive Freedom

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Many philosophers and thinkers were discussed about the difference between ‘freedom to’ and ‘freedom from’ which ‘freedom to’ refers to positive which ‘freedom from’ refers to negative freedom. Although two different types of freedom have opposite characteristics, both of them should be needed and balanced to make a better society. As negative freedom present the prevention from the restriction which means the man could be free from the laws or other obstacles that he may meet during his life. This means the man could enjoy the freedom fully. On the other hand, positive freedom has controller or manager who is controlling one`s life who mostly could be yourself. Although human beings themselves are master of their life who could choose the…show more content…
She states human beings are always living with ‘self-determining’ which they are free to control their decision. Another famous philosopher, Satre, states about the two types of freedom: “from what” and “to what.” Human beings with “from what” is acting for their own desire while with “to what” are always be responsible for their actions. Although there are two totally different types of freedom and liberty which mostly decides human being’s action, both types should exist equally as if only negative liberty exist, there will be no poverty or any restriction in life, and if only positive liberty exist, there will be always an obstacle to doing certain actions. Although extreme to look at each one of this separately, it is significant and meaningful how people are undergoing this different types of freedom, and how they are still having both negative and positive freedom in their minds. Also, even though people cannot stop both of them, they could reduce the extreme actions or negative actions that taking freedom away from each

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