NEWS + ANALYSIS
DONALD CASSELL

NEWS + ANALYSIS

THE FUTURE OF FREEDOM IN AFRICA

June 26, 2015 | by Donald Cassell

German philosopher Immanuel Kant argued that there were three themes worthy of the philosophical enterprise: God, the immortality of the human soul, and the meaning of human freedom. While human civilized order has wrestled with each of these themes, the role, extent, and definition of human freedom is central to modern society. What does it mean to be free? Is it a bacchanalia freefall or an ordered and virtuous society? Is it marked by discipline, character, learning, responsibility, and law? With its fragile development progress, Africa may be at the crossroads of this discussion of the role of freedom in society. Development should be about the expansion of human freedom, giving men and women opportunities to exercise reasoned agency as responsible persons.

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