Law and Philosophy Library

Law, Order and Freedom

A Historical Introduction to Legal Philosophy

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

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  • 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
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About this Textbook

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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Legal Philosophy: The Most Important Controversies

    Maris, Cees (et al.)

    Pages 1-41

  • Antiquity and the Middle Ages

    Maris, Cees (et al.)

    Pages 43-90

  • The Commencement of the Modern Age

    Maris, Cees (et al.)

    Pages 91-110

  • Hobbes, Locke, and Spinoza

    Maris, Cees (et al.)

    Pages 111-138

  • Eighteenth-Century French Enlightenment

    Maris, Cees (et al.)

    Pages 139-168

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Law, Order and Freedom
Book Subtitle
A Historical Introduction to Legal Philosophy
Editors
  • C.W. Maris
  • F.C.L.M. Jacobs
Translated by
de Ville, J.R.
Series Title
Law and Philosophy Library
Series Volume
94
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1457-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1457-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1456-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-5569-7
Series ISSN
1572-4395
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 388
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