Isaiah Berlin explains his idea of negative freedom by articulating that, ‘I am normally said to be free to the degree to which no man or body of men interfere with my activity.’ Put simply, this means, ‘If I am prevented by others from doing what I would otherwise do, I am to that degree unfree.’ This seems to suggest that any restrictions placed on an individual from any form of state authority would interfere with the freedom of that individual. This is similar to the concept of social freedom articulated by D.D Raphael, who describes it as, ‘the absence of restraint from other people.’ This would include restrictions placed on individuals as a result of the law. However, it is rather impossible to contemplate a world in which complete social freedom exists, as ‘to be socially free is to place no restrictions on doing as you like.’ This is highly problematic, as if one person were to exercise complete social freedom; this would inevitably be restricting another person’s social freedom. This is just one of the reasons why effective laws are needed in order t...
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