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Angie Hobbs wants to tell you about two kinds of freedom - Negative and Positive. This influential philosophical distinction was made in the 20th century by Isaiah Berlin but it's rooted in the of the hugely influential Greek Philosopher Plato. Negative freedom involves getting things out of your way - be it the state, the police or your parents. Positive freedom is the ability to take command of your own self and make decisions that are in your own interest. Berlin used the metaphor of doors: Negative freedom concerns the number of doors open to you. Positive Freedom is about how you choose between them. Angie talks to conservative MP and ex-banker Jessie Norman and to environmental activist and ex-Jain monk Satish Kumar to see how these two ideas of freedom can co-exist. This programme is part of a week of programmes looking at the history of ideas around Freedom.
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Series: A history of ideas
First transmission date: 2014-11-11
Original broadcast channel: BBC Radio 4
Published: 2014
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Duration: 00:11:00
Note: Radio 4 version
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Producer: Maggie Ayre
Presenter: Angie Hobbs
Contributors: Angela (Angela H.) Hobbs; Jessie Norman; Satish Kumar
Publisher: BBC Open University
Production number: AUDA946B
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