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Law, Order and Freedom

A Historical Introduction to Legal Philosophy

Series: Law and Philosophy Library, Vol. 94

Maris, C.W., Jacobs, F.C.L.M. (Eds.)

Translated by de Ville, J.R.

2012, XIII, 388 p.

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  • The most comprehensive account of legal philosophy available
  • The only book in English that explains legal philosophy within the broader context of philosophy
  • The only book to provide an overview of the development of legal philosophy using law, order and freedom as its theme

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.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Antiquity and the Middle Ages - Aristotle - Austin - Calvinism - Constitutional Law - Criticism of Political Liberalism - Deontological Ethics Versus Utilitarianism - Dworkin - Enlightenment Through Science - Enlightenment ofCriminalLaw - Greek Philosophy - Hart - Hobbes - Human Rights - Linguistic Philosophy - Locke - Montesquieu - Neo-Marxism - Nietzsche - Plato - Political Philosophy and Legal Philosophy - Rawls’s Theory of Justice - Scepticism and Relativism - Spinoza - The Enlightenment - The Philosophy of Ordinary Language - The Sophists - TheNatural-LawDoctrine - Theory of Knowledge: Synthesis of Empiricism - Thomas Aquinas - Welfare State

Related subjects » Law - Political Science - Value Theory

Table of contents 

Chapter 1 Legal Philosophy: The Most Important Controversies; Maris.- Chapter 2 Antiquity and the Middle Ages; Van der Vliet (2.1-2.4, with contributions by Maris), Jacobs (2.5-2.8, with contributions by Van der Vliet).- Chapter 3 The Commencement of the Modern Age; Den Hartogh, with an introduction by Maris.- Chapter 4 Hobbes, Locke and Spinoza; Den Hartogh (4.1, 4.2, 4.4), Jacobs (4.3).- Chapter 5 Eighteenth-Century French Enlightenment; Kaptein (5.1-5.7; 5.6 partly by Maris).- Chapter 6 The Synthesis of Kant; Maris (6.1, 6.2, 6.5), Jacobs (6.3, 6.4.3, 6.6), Van der Vliet (6.4.1, 6.4.2).- Chapter 7 Nineteenth Century; Maris (7.1, 7.4.1-7.4.5, 7.4.7, 7.5), Jacobs (7.2, 7.4.6), Van Erp (7.3).- Chapter 8 Twentieth Century; 1900-1945: Maris (8.1, 8.3-8.5), De Ville (8.2).- Chapter 9 Twentieth Century; 1945-2000; Maris (9.1-9.4), De Ville (9.5).- Chapter 10 Conclusion: Law, Order and Freedom; Jacobs (10.1-10.5, 10.9-10.10, with contributions by Maris), Maris (10.6-10.8).- Bibliography.- Index of Names.

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