The essay develops a concept of the power-liberty relationship, in its theoretical and political terms, based on a loosely marxian analysis of social conflicts. It does so in order to build up a critique of the liberal point of view, represented by Berlin’s, Keynes’ and Rawls’ philosophical positions in some of their main works. It argues, specifically, that liberty can only be understood as an aspect of power, as far as we undertake a political and therefore systemic standpoint, where the latter is to be seen as a global comprehension of cause-effect nexuses in human interactions.

Keywords: Freedom, Power, Berlin, Rawls, Keynes

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