A case against cultural evolution as a source of freedom

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Dan Panaet

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This paper aims to discuss how the process of cultural evolution can be seen as leading to the Hayekian idea of individual freedom understood as lack of arbitrary coercion from the part of others. My contention is that the process of cultural evolution gives rise to an improper form of freedom that does not make justice to the idea of individuals seen as ends in themselves. I argue that this happens because the concept of individual freedom is shaped by an essentially impersonal process and tailored for the needs of a collective mechanism.

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PANAET, Dan. A case against cultural evolution as a source of freedom. Annals of the University of Bucharest - Philosophy Series, [S.l.], v. 62, n. 1, july 2015. ISSN 0068-3175. Available at: <http://annals.ub-filosofie.ro/index.php/annals/article/view/162>. Date accessed: 10 apr. 2021.
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