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On Freedom

Audiobook
Nonfiction: Politics & Current Events
Unabridged   1.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 02/05/2019

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On Freedom

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684570058
Digital Download ISBN:9781684570096

Summary

From New York Times bestselling author Cass Sunstein, a brisk, provocative book that shows what freedom really means—and requires—today.

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Product Description

In this pathbreaking book, New York Times bestselling author Cass Sunstein asks us to rethink freedom. He shows that freedom of choice isn't nearly enough. To be free, we must also be able to navigate life. People often need something like a GPS device to help them get where they want to go—whether the issue involves health, money, jobs, children, or relationships.

In both rich and poor countries, citizens often have no idea how to get to their desired destination. That is why they are unfree. People also face serious problems of self-control, as many of them make decisions today that can make their lives worse tomorrow. And in some cases, we would be just as happy with other choices, whether a different partner, career, or place to live—which raises the difficult question of which outcome best promotes our well-being.

Accessible and lively, and drawing on perspectives from the humanities, religion, and the arts, as well as social science and the law, On Freedom explores a crucial dimension of the human condition that philosophers and economists have long missed—and shows what it would take to make freedom real.

Reviews/Praise

"This slip of a book can be quickly read, but puts forth important concepts. Its ideas will stay with readers a long time." —Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Cass R. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, where he is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy. The 2018 recipient of Norway's Holberg Prize, he lives in Concord, Massachusetts.