Review Essay

in Theoria
View More View Less
  • 1 Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul nunesdacosta77@gmail.com
Restricted access

Abstract

What does it mean to be free? How is freedom related to power? How does the concept of freedom shape our conceptions of democracy? Lawrence Hamilton’s book entitled Freedom Is Power: Liberty through Political Representation offers an alternative conceptualization of freedom to the republican and liberal traditions. Hamilton delineates his framework of analysis starting from a realpolitik approach, with Machiavellian and Foucaultian inspiration: first, by conceiving politics via the lens of conflict instead of consensus; second, by conceiving freedom in terms of power (relations). In this paper we offer an overview of Hamilton’s argument, exploring the steps that lead us to a reconceptualise freedom in terms of power, needs and interests and to rethink the significance, meanings and practices of political representation in a democratic context.

Contributor Notes

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Ph.D. in Political Science, New School for Social Research

Theoria

A Journal of Social and Political Theory

Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 37 19 3
Full Text Views 11 0 0
PDF Downloads 2 0 0