- The Oxford Handbook of Freedom
- Self-Ownership as a Form of Ownership
- Positive Freedom and the General Will
- Moralized Conceptions of Liberty
- On the Conflict Between Liberty and Equality
- Freedom and Equality
- The Point of Self-Ownership
- Platonic Freedom
- Aristotelian Freedom
- Freedom in the Scholastic Tradition
- Freedom, Slavery, and Identity in Renaissance Florence: The Faces of Leon Battista Alberti
- Freedom and Enlightenment
- Adam Smith’s Libertarian Paternalism
- Market Failure, the Tragedy of the Commons, and Default Libertarianism in Contemporary Economics and Policy
- Planning, Freedom, and the Rule of Law
- Freedom, Regulation, and Public Policy
- Boundaries, Subjection to Laws, and Affected Interests
- Democracy and Freedom
- Can Constitutions Limit Government?
- Freedom and Religion
- Freedom and Influence in Formative Education
- Freedom and the (Posthumous) Harm Principle
- Exploitation and Freedom
- Voluntariness, Coercion, Self-ownership
- The Impartial Spectator and the Moral Teachings of Markets
- Disciplinary Specialization and Thinking for Yourself
- Free Will as a Psychological Accomplishment
- Prisoners of Misbelief: The Epistemic Conditions of Freedom
Abstract and Keywords
Renaissance Florence paid homage to the values and rights associated with freedom. It was governed by a body of citizens rather than by a prince, and Florentines did not take their right of self-government for granted. Indeed, Florentines treated freedom as both prerequisite and ultimate expression of virtue. Yet, somehow Florence also was the scene of a burgeoning of urban-domestic slavery. Was this simply a mismatch of rhetoric with sociological reality? This chapter explores the life and times of Leon Battista Alberti, author of the most penetrating exploration of the slavery-into-freedom dialectic of any modern Western writer. Because of his own life circumstances, including illegitimacy, Alberti was able to see the essence of the slave condition, and its dialectical relation to freedom, and express it cogently in his writings.
Orlando Patterson is John Cowles Chair in Sociology at Harvard University.
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