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Culture of Rights The Bill of Rights in Philosophy, Politics and Law 1791 and 1991

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ISBN-10: 0521446538

ISBN-13: 9780521446532

Edition: 1992

Authors: Michael James Lacey, Knud Haakonssen, Lee H. Hamilton

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Written by leading authorities in history, philosophy, jurisprudence and political theory, the essays in this volume provide new insights into the variable and changing contents of the rights thinking and consciousness that lie at the core of American political culture and shape its central political institutions. Based on the current state of scholarly understanding and intended to provide a fresh sense of orientation into the complexities of the separate topics covered, the studies focus on two distinct "moments" in the American experience: the eighteenth-century period of founding that produced the Bill of Rights as an element in the Constitutional settlement, and the contemporary…    
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List price: $50.99
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/27/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 484
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 1.06" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

Knud Haakonssen is Professor of Intellectual History at the University of St Andrews and a Long-term Fellow at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt. His books include <I The Science of a Legislator</I (Cambridge University Press, 1981), <I Natural Law and Moral Philosophy</I (Cambridge University Press, 1996), and editions of Hume, Hutcheson, Reid and Smith. He is General Editor of the Edinburgh Edition of Thomas Reid.

Introduction: history, historicism, and the culture of rights
From natural law to the rights of man: a European perspective on American debates
The Bill of Rights and the American revolutionary experience
Parchment barriers and the politics of rights
Rights and wrongs: Jefferson, slavery and philosophical quandaries
Practical philosophy and the Bill of Rights: perspectives on some contemporary issues
The development of modern American legal theory and the judicial interpretation of the Bill of Rights
The British, the Americans, and rights Appendix: the constitution and the Bill of Rights
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