Freedom as non-domination: radicalisation or retreat?

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Abstract

Key challenges for contemporary neorepublicans are identified and explored. Firstly, the attempt to maintain a sharp line between neorepublicanism and the wider family of liberal–egalitarian political theories is questioned. Secondly, in response to challenges from democratic theorists, it is argued that republicanism needs to effect an appropriate rapprochement with the ideal of collective political autonomy, on which it appears to rely. Thirdly, it is argued that freedom as non-domination draws so heavily on the idea of equal respect that it is hard to maintain that freedom is the sole value grounding the theory. Finally, it is suggested that the consequentialist framework of Pettit’s theory imposes significant limitations on republican social justice. How republican political theorists respond to these challenges will determine whether the neorepublican revival will be seen as enriching contemporary debates about democracy and social justice or as a retreat from more ambitious accounts of freedom and justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-374
Number of pages26
JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Volume18
Issue number4
Early online date18 Jun 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • non-domination; autonomy; equality; freedom; republicanism; structural domination

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