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C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Freedom

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Although C. S. Lewis, the great Christian apologist and author of the Chronicles of Narnia was not a political scientist, a thorough study of his apologetics and fictional writings reveals a well-developed political philosophy. This article analyzes Lewis’ political ideas through the theoretical framework of two profound semantic debates among political philosophers and political economists regarding the definition of freedom—namely, positive versus negative freedom and political versus individual freedom—by comparing Lewis’ writings with those of, among others, Saint Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, Benjamin Constant, and Friedrich von Hayek. The author concludes that Lewis’ concept of freedom is most accurately described as Christian libertarian.

Steve Gillen, "C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Freedom," Journal of Markets & Morality 12, no. 2 (Fall 2009): 259-276


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