Law and Liberty

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This chapter is divided into two main sections. The first section lays out the essential features of the republican way of thinking about freedom, setting it in contrast to Bentham's view. The second shows how coercive laws might not represent an assault on freedom. The chapter concludes by addressing the issue of why the debate is important and why the republican viewpoint is appealing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLegal Republicanism
Subtitle of host publicationNational and International Perspectives
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720956
ISBN (Print)9780199559169
StatePublished - May 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


  • Coercive laws
  • Freedom.
  • Jeremy Bentham.
  • Republicanism.


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