Escapist freedom: The anthropocene, escape theory, and the persistence of non-freedom

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Marcus Hibbeln

Abstract

Why has human freedom, increasingly defined in plural subjectivities, been continuously unable to confront its antithesis of non-freedom? Classical debates on liberty theorized exit as various attempts to reclaim freedom, epitomized by Rousseau’s return to the natural self. This precipitated a shift from autonomous to authentic notions of freedom, yet exit is both non-viable and essential in the 21st century as a response to the Anthropocene’s suicidal logic of non-freedom. This essay attempts to address responses to the global paradox of non-freedom by theorizing a set of disparate efforts to engage institutions of non-freedom, which I term ‘escapist freedom’. Escapist freedom is individual, focused on the generation of meaning, and has a contentious relationship to liberal democracy.

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Hibbeln, M. (2021). Escapist freedom: The anthropocene, escape theory, and the persistence of non-freedom. Power and Democracy, 3(1), 42–58. Recuperato da https://ojs.aduei.com/index.php/pad/article/view/26
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