Freedom and Equality in a Liberal Democratic State

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1re édition 2014
Jasper Doomen
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Description

This study explores freedom and equality as necessary constituents of a liberal democratic state. At the same time, equality and freedom conflict in various respects. It is examined how such conflicts may optimally be resolved while taking seriously the interests involved. These inquiries have far-reaching consequences for the justification of the liberal democratic state.

            Equal rights are generally considered to be an integral part of a liberal democratic state, but on what foundation are such rights based? Various attempts have been made to provide such a foundation from a moral framework. Some important and influential positions are examined critically and an alternative perspective is offered. ‘Equality’ is approached straightforwardly, without appealing to obscure notions while seeking an outcome that may universally be accepted. Rationality is an important feature in this respect.

            The question to what extent freedom should be allowed to citizens is another important issue. Granting citizens freedom is beneficial for the liberal democratic state as a whole and for citizens themselves. The limits of freedom must, however, be defined carefully. The search for a simple solution is balanced against the need to do the complexities of individual cases justice. In addition, it is not the task of a liberal democratic state to influence people’s convictions concerning equality; only equal treatment should be guaranteed

Sommaire

Introduction

PART 1 EQUALITY

Chapter 1 The Rise of Formal Equality

Chapter 2 A Theory of Rationality

Chapter 3 Taking Equality Seriously

Chapter 4 The Import of ‘Human Dignity’

Chapter 5 A Critique of Reason

Chapter 6 Basic Equality and its Consequences

 

PART 2 FREEDOM

Chapter 7 Preliminary Remarks

Chapter 8 Freedom’s Empire

Chapter 9 The Compatibility of Freedom and Equality

Chapter 10 Harm and Ignore

Chapter 11 The Ignore Principle

Chapter 12 A Neutral View of the State?

Chapter 13 The Public and Private Domains

Chapter 14 Comprehensive Freedom

Chapter 15 Between the Private and the Public Domain

Chapter 16 The Added Value of ‘Militant Democracy’

Remaining Issues

Conclusion

Summary

Literature

Glossary

Index of names

Téléchargements

Mnemo

FREEQU

Langue

EN

ISBN

9782802746232

Nombre de pages

244

Date de parution

Juin 2014

Liste des contributeurs

Auteur

  • Jasper Doomen