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The Sacred Fire of Liberty: Republicanism, Liberalism and the Law (Hardcover)

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Republicanism, liberalism, and the rule of law have a long and tangled common history in the development of Western institutions. All three claim to secure "liberty" for citizens or subjects of the state, without always agreeing about what this should mean in practice. Mortimer Sellers'The Sacred Fire of Libertyplaces the concept of "liberty" into the context of its political origins, and explains the structures and vocabulary of liberty that still dominate contemporary legal and political debate. Contrary to the common opposition of liberal and republican traditions as rival conceptions of political legitimacy, Sellers demonstrates the close links between the two, their common roots in developing Western conceptions of liberty, and their eventual divergence over structures of government following the French revolution.

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Publisher New York University Press
Mfg Part# 9780814781098
SKU 202459598
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0814781098
Release Date 6/11/2013
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