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The Tyranny of Freedom:

Do we have too much choice?

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  • The Debate

    The Tyranny of Freedom

    From consumer goods to romantic relationships, choice is celebrated as a means to greater liberalism and freedom. But some say an overload of options is overwhelming our rational decision-making. Could it be that less choice would be healthier for mankind, allowing us to be satisfied with our lot?

    The Panel

    Renowned Slovenian philosopher Renata Salecl, feminist psychologist Lynne Segal and best-selling Canadian philosopher Lou Marinoff question the limits of freedom.

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  • Renata Salecl
    The Pitch
    Too much choice breeds anxiety and unhappiness
  • Lou Marinoff
    The Pitch
    The more choice we have the more freedom we have
  • Lynne Segal
    The Pitch
    Individual choice is not under threat but societal choice is
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    Freedom and choice
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    Happiness and choice
  • The Debate
    Theme Three
    Should life be happy?
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Funkmaster Astronaut on 18/11/2013 10:44pm

Are feminists unable to have a conversation about anything without eventually making the subject about feminism?

TaKTa on 19/08/2013 11:37am

I don’t think the point we should be discussing here is whether choices make us happy or not. The ability to make choices is what makes us human, it gives us the ability to act out our free will.

MBruen on 16/08/2013 3:36pm

Renata’s anecdotes about buying jam and being distressed by career choice are amusing but hardly conclusive. If like me, you like things quantified and measured, then Benjamin Scheibehenne and his colleagues conducted a study on consumer choice which provides evidence that choice anxiety may be a myth…

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