What is liberty?

  • (noun): Immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence.
    Synonyms: autonomy
    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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Some articles on liberty:

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 ... 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 debate team to ...
Soke Of Peterborough - History
... 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 ... 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 ...
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 ...
East Liberty
... The following places are named East Liberty East Liberty, Ohio East Liberty (Pittsburgh), a neighborhood of Pittsburgh East Liberty (novel), a novel ...
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 ...

More definitions of "liberty":

  • (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"
  • (noun): Personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression.
  • (noun): Leave granted to a sailor or naval officer.
    Synonyms: shore leave

Famous quotes containing the word liberty:

    Where liberty dwells there is my country.
    —Anonymous. Latin phrase.

    Adopted as a motto by U.S. patriot and orator James Otis (1725-1783)

    Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, every where.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

    With liberty and pleasant weather, the simplest occupation, any unquestioned country mode of life which detains us in the open air, is alluring. The man who picks peas steadily for a living is more than respectable, he is even envied by his shop-worn neighbors. We are as happy as the birds when our Good Genius permits us to pursue any outdoor work, without a sense of dissipation.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)