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The Limits of State Action (Paperback)

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This text is important both as one of the most interesting contributions to the liberalism of the German Enlightenment, and as the most significant source for the ideas which John Stuart Mill popularized in his essay On Liberty. Humboldts concern is to define the criteria by which the permissible limits of the states activities may be determined. His basic principle, like that of Mill, is that the only justification for government interference is the prevention of harm to others. He discusses in detail the role and limits of the states responsibility for the welfare, security and morals of its citizens. Humboldts special achievement in this work is to enlarge our sense of what a liberal political theory might be by his particularly sensitive grasp of the complexity of our attitudes to and our need of other people. Dr Burrow has based his translation on Coulthards version of 1854. In an important introduction, he provides a most perceptive as well as scholarly guide to Humboldts political thought. *Author: Humboldt, Wilhelm Von *Series Title: Cambridge Studies in the History and Theory of Politics *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 192 *Publication Date: 2008/12/11 *Language: English *Dimensions: 8.50 x 5.50 x 0.44 inches

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Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521103428
SKU 210542939
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0521103428
Release Date 12/15/2008
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0192
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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