Freedom in the market

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The market is traditionally hailed as the very exemplar of a system under which people enjoy freedom, in particular the negative sort of freedom associated with liberal and libertarian thought: freedom as noninterference. But how does the market appear from the perspective of a rival conception of freedom (freedom as non-domination) that is linked with the Roman and neo-Roman tradition of republicanism? The republican conception of freedom argues for important normative constraints on property, exchange, and regulation, without supporting extremes to the effect that ‘property is theft’ or ‘taxation is theft’ or anything of that kind. It does not cast a cold eye on commerce; it merely provides an alternative view of the attractions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-149
Number of pages19
Journalpolitics, philosophy & economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


  • domination
  • exchange
  • liberalism
  • libertarianism
  • liberty
  • market
  • property
  • regulation
  • republicanism


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