An Essay on Freedom


political theory
social science
free will

How to Cite

Yermolenko, Alex Phillip. 2020. “An Essay on Freedom: A Short Critical Analysis Ranging from Aristotle to Nozick”. Brolly 3 (2):73-81.


Space, time and other “a priori synthetical cognitions”, through powers of mathematics and physics, these phenomena have been proven to exist. However, Kant asserts that “Freedom of the Will, the Immorality of the Soul and the Existence of God” are still questions that go beyond the possibilities of a priori and s posterior (Muller 1992, 32). What is the role of man in politics? How he manifests himself as a person and as a moral being? How creative is he and whether is capable of being aware of his actions? All these questions are within the debate of spectrum of the philosophical and political anthropology (Haugaard, 2016). The phenomenon of freedom has been debated since the ancient philosophy, and that we are speaking of not only about free will, but also about the individual’s freedom, whether “he is free” from the collective, in being naturally free, or being “free with” the collective, as means social freedom (Haugaard, 2016). Determinism and Indeterminism are two opposite philosophical concepts in which determinists believe in the objective nature of causality and, on the contrary, supporters of indeterminism completely deny objective causality, and causality in general (Ewer, 1907). This essay will illustrate views of political philosophers ranging from Aristotle to modern-day thinkers.