Law and Philosophy Library

The Rule of Law History, Theory and Criticism

Editors: Costa, Pietro, Zolo, Danilo (Eds.)

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Costa and Zolo share the conviction that a proper understanding of the rule of law today requires referring to a global problematic horizon. It seems unavoidable to investigate into the relationship between Europe and the United States, on the one hand, and the ‘rest’ of the world, on the other. Over the last centuries this relationship developed in terms of conquest and colonisation, on the widespread view that Western ‘civilisation’ should be opposed as a whole to ‘barbaric’ others. Today, however, the notion of rule of law is still rousing a debate that cannot be said to have come to an end. The reason is quite simple: if the origins of the rule of law are in ‘Western’ societies and cultures, and if until recently the West took the lion’s share in the debate on our subject matter, it remains true that today other societies and other cultures take an active and creative part into a sustained philosophical-political debate. This is by no means a merely intellectual or academic question: the Arab-Islamic world, India, China, are not far away planets whose orbits never crossed the European and American West. On the contrary, in fairly recent times the encounters have been close and traumatic.

In sum, the book intends to offer some relevant guides for orienting the reader through a political and legal debate where the rule of law (and the doctrine of ‘human rights’) is a concept both controversial and significant at the national and international levels.

Table of contents (21 chapters)

Table of contents (21 chapters)
  • The Rule of Law: A Critical Reappraisal

    Zolo, Professor Danilo

    Pages 3-71

  • The Rule of Law: A Historical Introduction

    Costa, Professor Pietro

    Pages 73-149

  • The Rule of Law and the “Liberties of the English”: The Interpretation of Albert Venn Dicey

    Santoro, Emilio

    Pages 153-199

  • Popular Sovereignty, the Rule of Law, and the “Rule of Judges” in the United States

    Casalini, Brunella

    Pages 201-236

  • Rechtsstaat and Individual Rights in German Constitutional History

    Gozzi, Gustavo

    Pages 237-259

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Rule of Law History, Theory and Criticism
Editors
  • Pietro Costa
  • Danilo Zolo
Series Title
Law and Philosophy Library
Series Volume
80
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5745-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5745-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5744-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7437-9
Series ISSN
1572-4395
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 700
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