Skip to main content
  • Book
  • Open Access
  • © 2019

Qualitative Freedom - Autonomy in Cosmopolitan Responsibility


  • This book is open access

  • Shows that liberty is by no means tantamount to license and irresponsible, self-centred behaviour

  • First philosophically coherent inclusion of the concerns for social, moral, and ecological sustainability into freedom theory

  • Shows how both camps of liberal philosophers have and can recapture common ground in defending the model of the open society

  • Draws attention to the qualitative concerns which and whose opportunities society should foster

  • Broadens the current discussion on freedom for intercultural contributions

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    • Claus Dierksmeier
    Pages 1-43Open Access
  3. Metaphysics of Freedom

    • Claus Dierksmeier
    Pages 45-157Open Access
  4. Quantitative Freedom

    • Claus Dierksmeier
    Pages 159-221Open Access
  5. Qualitative Freedom

    • Claus Dierksmeier
    Pages 223-280Open Access
  6. Conclusion

    • Claus Dierksmeier
    Pages 281-332Open Access
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 333-365

About this book

In the light of growing political and religious fundamentalism, this open access book defends the idea of freedom as paramount for the attempt to find common ethical ground in the age of globality. The book sets out to examine as yet unexhausted ways to boost the resilience of the principle of liberalism. Critically reviewing the last 200 years of the philosophy of freedom, it revises the principle of liberty in order to revive it. It discusses many different aspects that fall under its three main topics: the metaphysics of freedom, quantitative freedom and qualitative freedom.

Open societies worldwide have come under increasing pressure in the last decades. The belief that politics and markets fare best when guided by the principle of liberty presently faces multiple challenges such as terrorism, climate warming, inequality, populism, and financial crises. In the view of its critics, the idea of freedom no longer offers adequate guidance to meet these challenges and should be partially corrected or even entirely replaced by countervailing values. Against the reduction of freedom to the merely quantitative question as to how much liberties individuals call their own, this book draws attention to the qualitative concerns which and whose opportunities society should foster. It argues that, correctly understood, the idea of liberty commits us to defend as well as advance the freedom of each and every world citizen.


  • Open Access
  • Autonomy in Cosmopolitan Responsibility
  • Qualitative Freedom
  • Freedom and Everyday Life
  • Concept of Freedom
  • Neoclassical Paradigm
  • Legal and Political Philosophy
  • Economic and Social Philosophy
  • Genesis of the Neo-Liberal Concept of Freedom
  • Freedom of Nature and of Humanity
  • Procedural Policy in Global Responsibility
  • Epistemology and Metaphysics of Law
  • Social Philosophy
  • Economic Philosophy
  • Theories of Freedom
  • Metaphysical Theories of Freedom
  • Freedom and Academic Philosophy
  • Freedom for all world citizens
  • Renewing Liberalism
  • New Liberalism

Authors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

    Claus Dierksmeier

About the author

Prof. Dr. Claus Dierksmeier is Professor for Globalization Ethics at the University of Tübingen in Germany. His areas of expertise and academic work include political, economic, and religious philosophy with a particular focus on the theories of freedom and responsibility in the age of globality.

Recent book publications include: 
Qualitative Freiheit: Selbstbestimmung in weltbürgerlicher Verantwortung
Reframing Economic Ethics: The Philosophical Foundations of Humanistic Management


Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)