Law of Equal Liberty

Law of Equal Liberty

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The law of equal liberty (aka the law of equal freedom), or equal liberty, is a doctrine first named, though not first conceived, by Herbert Spencer in Social Statics (1851) which says ..".that every man may claim the fullest liberty to exercise his faculties compatible with the possession of like liberty to every other man." Or, stated another way by Spencer, "each has freedom to do all that he wills provided that he infringes not the equal freedom of any other." This doctrine has been influential on political theorists, including classical liberals, libertarians and anarcho-capitalists. Spencer derived the principle on a belief in the principles of scientific evolution. He believed that human happiness was an intrinsically developed emotion. He held that "man's purpose can be obtained only by the exercise of his faculties" and therefore that exercise must be a human right. Restraining the liberty of someone else prevents him from pursuing happiness. But, for this to be a universal ethic, that is, a moral code that applies to all individuals rather than just some, it would have to apply to all individuals.
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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 136g
  • United States
  • English
  • 613667291X
  • 9786136672915