Law, Order and Freedom: A Historical Introduction to Legal Philosophy (Law and Philosophy Library)

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The central question in legal philosophy is the relationship between law and morality. The legal systems of many countries around the world have been influenced by the principles of the Enlightenment: freedom, equality and fraternity. The position is similar in relation to the accompanying state ideal of the democratic constitutional state as well as the notion of a welfare state. The foundation of these principles lies in the ideal of individual autonomy. The law must in this view guarantee a social order which secures the equal freedom of all. This freedom is moreover fundamental because in modern pluralistic societies a great diversity of views exist concerning the appropriate way of life. This freedom ideal is however also strongly contested. In Law, Order and Freedom, a historical overview is given pertaining to the question of the extent to which the modern Enlightenment values can serve as the universal foundation of law and society.

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Law, Order and Freedom gives an account of the history of Western legal and political philosophy, starting with the pre-Socratics and ending with Rawls. It examines in detail the development of the Enlightenment values of freedom and equality, the foremost principles of many present-day constitutions. The underlying ideal of individual autonomy, characteristic of modern times, has nevertheless been contested throughout its history. Against the background of this historical development, Law, Order and Freedom enquires further whether the modern Enlightenment values can serve as a foundation for law and society in the modern era where a great diversity of worldviews exists.

            Law, Order and Freedom will be an invaluable resource for those with an interest in legal and political philosophy.

About the Author:

Cees Maris is professor of legal philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. He is the editor of several journals in the fields of jurisprudence and philosophy. His main fields of research are the concept of liberty and its practical applications, multiculturalism, love, art, law and literature, and epistemology. Among his publications are A Critique of the Empiricist Explanation of Morality; Letters on Liberty; and Twelve Loves. He also wrote and brought on the stage the philosophical oratorio Horror Vacui (in cooperation with the composer José-Luis Greco) and the philosophical dialogue The Dance of Zarathustra.

Frans Jacobs is professor (emeritus) of philosophical ethics at the University van Amsterdam. His publications concern philosophers such as Aristotle, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Schopenhauer, Mill, Habermas, Nozick and Nussbaum, and cover the themes of liberalism, paternalism, egalitarianism and nationalism, as well as toleration, civilized revenge, the meaning of life, the Homeric heroes, the difference between love and war, emotions in general and moral emotions in particular. His most recent book is A Philosophy of Emotions and Desires.

Jacques de Ville is professor of law at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. His main fields of research are constitutional theory, deconstruction, and psychoanalysis. His publications include Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation; Judicial Review of Administrative Action in South Africa; and the forthcoming Jacques Derrida: Law as Absolute Hospitality.

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Buchbeschreibung Springer-Verlag Gmbh Sep 2011, 2011. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - The central question in legal philosophy is the relationship between law and morality. The legal systems of many countries around the world have been influenced by the principles of the Enlightenment: freedom, equality and fraternity. The position is similar in relation to the accompanying state ideal of the democratic constitutional state as well as the notion of a welfare state. The foundation of these principles lies in the ideal of individual autonomy. The law must in this view guarantee a social order which secures the equal freedom of all. This freedom is moreover fundamental because in modern pluralistic societies a great diversity of views exist concerning the appropriate way of life. This freedom ideal is however also strongly contested. In Law, Order and Freedom, a historical overview is given pertaining to the question of the extent to which the modern Enlightenment values can serve as the universal foundation of law and society. 388 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9789400714564

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