What is liberty?

  • (noun): Personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Liberty

Liberty is the ability of individuals to have agency (control over their own actions). Different conceptions of liberty articulate the relationship of individuals to society in different ways—including some that relate to life under a social contract or to existence in a state of nature, and some that see the active exercise of freedom and rights as essential to liberty. Understanding liberty involves how we imagine the individual's roles and responsibilities in society in relation to concepts of free will and determinism, which involves the larger domain of metaphysics.

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East Liberty
... The following places are named East Liberty East Liberty, Ohio East Liberty (Pittsburgh), a neighborhood of Pittsburgh East Liberty (novel), a novel by Joseph ...
Liberty, New York - Communities and Locations in The Town of Liberty
... Ferndale (formerly Liberty Falls) – A hamlet south of Liberty village on Route 17 ... Grossinger – A hamlet south of Liberty village on Route 17 ... Formerly this was the site of Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel Liberty – The Village of Liberty on Route 17 ...
Liberty University - History
... The name was changed to Liberty Baptist College in 1976 before settling on its current name (Liberty University) in 1984, when it obtained university status ... Liberty University describes itself as a Christian academic community ... The students of Liberty University and all of its colleges must abide by the code of conduct entitled The Liberty Way ...
Soke Of Peterborough - History
... During the Saxon period the lord of the hundred had the power, or liberty, of holding a court and administering justice within its boundaries, and this system was subsequently continued by the ... Quarter Sessions for the liberty were held at the Sessions House in Peterborough, and petty sessions at the same place ... The civil government of the liberty was vested in the Marquess of Exeter, as Lord Paramount of Peterborough and custos rotulorum around 40 magistrates appointed by the ...
Liberty University - Student Life - Debate
... Liberty's Inter-Collegiate policy debate program, formerly led by Brett O'Donnell, was number one in the overall rankings Championships in the National Debate Tournament for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 ... In varsity rankings, Liberty finished 20th in 2005, 17th in 2006, 24th in 2007, 12th in 2008, 9th in 2009, 4th in 2010 and 4th in 2011 ... John Lofton of The American View Christian radio show accused Liberty University of not being "a truly Christian college" when Jerry Falwell gave permission for the ...

More definitions of "liberty":

  • (noun): Immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence.
    Synonyms: autonomy
  • (noun): Leave granted to a sailor or naval officer.
    Synonyms: shore leave
  • (noun): Freedom of choice.
    Example: "Liberty of opinion"; "liberty of worship"; "liberty--perfect liberty--to think or feel or do just as one pleases"; "at liberty to choose whatever occupation one wishes"

Famous quotes containing the word liberty:

    You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, & you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue.
    William Blake (1757–1827)

    A Tory..., since the revolution, may be defined in a few words, to be a lover of monarchy, though without abandoning liberty; and a partizan of the family of Stuart. As a Whig may be defined to be a lover of liberty though without renouncing monarchy; and a friend to the settlement in the protestant line.
    David Hume (1711–1776)

    The obscure only exists that it may cease to exist. In it lies the opportunity of all victory and all progress. Whether it call itself fatality, death, night, or matter, it is the pedestal of life, of light, of liberty and the spirit. For it represents resistance—that is to say, the fulcrum of all activity, the occasion for its development and its triumph.
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821–1881)