What We Are Reading Today: On Freedom by Cass R. Sunstein

What We Are Reading Today: On Freedom by Cass R. Sunstein
Updated 06 February 2019

What We Are Reading Today: On Freedom by Cass R. Sunstein

What We Are Reading Today: On Freedom by Cass R. Sunstein
  • The book 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

In this path-breaking book, New York Times bestselling author Cass R. Sunstein asks us to rethink freedom. He shows that freedom of choice is not nearly enough, says a review on the Princeton University Press website. 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.

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.