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The Freedom Paradox by P-AllenUnwin

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A radical reconsideration of the meaning of freedom and morality in the modern world.Why is it so many of us lack contentment, despite all the wealth and freedoms we enjoy?The past two centuries delivered individual and political freedoms that promised unprecedented opportunities for personal fulfilment. Yet citizens of affluent countries are encouraged to pursue lives of consumerism, endless choice and the pleasures of the body.Clive Hamilton argues that the paradox of modern consumer life is that we are deprived of our inner freedom by our very pursuit of our own desires. He turns to metaphysics to find a source of transformation that lies beyond the cultural, political and social philosophies that form the bedrock of contemporary western thought.His search takes him to an unexpected conclusion: that we cannot be truly free unless we commit ourselves to a moral life. The implications of this conclusion are profound, and they challenge many deeply held beliefs in modern secular society.The Freedom Paradox is a bold and important work that goes to the heart of what it means to be human.

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									The Freedom Paradox
Author: Clive Hamilton
Table of Contents

Part One: Freedom Reconsidered1 The disappointment of liberalism2 Rationale3 Types of happiness4
Freedom and happiness5 Types of liberty6 Inner freedom7 Do we prefer what we choose?8 Self-deception
and akrasia9 A digression on the ethic of consent10 Exercising inner freedom11 Subtle coercion 12 The
decline of free will13 From political philosophy to metaphysicsPart Two: Philosophical foundations14 The
need for metaphysics15 Consciousness and the subject16 Phenomenon and noumenon17 The legislation
for nature18 Scientific thinking19 Knowing and being20 Instances of non-sensible intuition21 The
noumenon and the self22 A digression on the existence of God23 On deathPart Three: Towards a post-
secular ethics24 Modern moral anxiety25 Moral relativism
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A radical reconsideration of the meaning of freedom and morality in the modern world.Why is it so many
of us lack contentment, despite all the wealth and freedoms we enjoy?The past two centuries delivered
individual and political freedoms that promised unprecedented opportunities for personal fulfilment. Yet
citizens of affluent countries are encouraged to pursue lives of consumerism, endless choice and the
pleasures of the body.Clive Hamilton argues that the paradox of modern consumer life is that we are
deprived of our inner freedom by our very pursuit of our own desires. He turns to metaphysics to find a
source of transformation that lies beyond the cultural, political and social philosophies that form the
bedrock of contemporary western thought.His search takes him to an unexpected conclusion: that we
cannot be truly free unless we commit ourselves to a moral life. The implications of this conclusion are
profound, and they challenge many deeply held beliefs in modern secular society.The Freedom Paradox
is a bold and important work that goes to the heart of what it means to be human.
Author Bio
Clive Hamilton
Clive Hamilton is one of Australia's leading thinkers, and author of the bestsellers Growth Fetish and
Affluenza.

								
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