The Basic Liberties

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This chapter contends that the liberties correctly classifiable as basic are susceptible to being equally enjoyed at the same time by everyone (equal co-enjoyment), important in the lives of normal human beings (personal significance), and not legitimately subject to any restrictions beyond those necessary to satisfy the requirement of equal co-enjoyment. It draws upon Hart's critique of John Rawls in order to develop his account of the chief characteristics of the basic liberties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Legacy of H.L.A. Hart
Subtitle of host publicationLegal, Political, and Moral Philosophy
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720130
ISBN (Print)9780199542895
StatePublished - Jul 31 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


  • Basic liberties
  • Equality
  • John rawls
  • Republicanism


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