Noûs 54 (4):891-913 (2020)

Johan E. Gustafsson
University of York
A standard liberal claim is that freedom of choice is not only instrumentally valuable but also intrinsically valuable, that is, valuable for its own sake. I argue that each one of five conditions is plausible if freedom of choice is intrinsically valuable. Yet there exists a counter-example to the conjunction of these conditions. Hence freedom of choice is not intrinsically valuable.
Keywords freedom of choice  intrinsic value  preferences  indifference between no-choice situations  rational requirements
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