Freedom is based on expertise (Junge Welt newspaper)

Hegel was the first to correctly portray the relationship between freedom and necessity. For him freedom is insight into necessity. “Necessity is only blind insofar as it is not understood.” Freedom does not lie in the dreamed independence from the laws of nature, but in the knowledge of these laws and in the possibility of allowing them to work according to plan for specific purposes. This applies both to the laws of external nature and to those that regulate the physical and mental existence of man himself – two classes of laws which we can only separate from one another in our imagination, but not in reality. Freedom of will therefore means nothing else than the ability to decide with expert knowledge. The freer a person’s judgment is in relation to a certain question point, the greater the need for the content …

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