The great difference between freedom as a positivist understands it and freedom as a naturalist understands is quite substantial. Positivists view freedom as “...a lack of resistance or restraint (56 Skinner, Beyond Freedom and Dignity),” and they try accordingly to erect great and substantial barriers to such a concept in the form of laws to guide behavior and punishments for a failure to conform to such laws. For a positivist, freedom from freedom is the end to which he works. In short, a man must enter into a sort of voluntary bondage, what B.F. Skinner referred to as “automatic goodness,” and what T.H. Huxley did not see as objectionable...
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