The Sacred Fire of Liberty

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

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This book describes the origins of the concept of liberty in the legal and political thought of Rome, Italy, England, France and the United States of America. Professor Sellers traces the development of liberty and republican government over two centuries of European history, in association with liberal ideas. This study reveals republicanism as the parent of liberalism in modern law and politics, and demonstrates the continuing value of republican ideas in securing the liberty of contemporary states and their more

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  • Hardback | 201 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 14.22mm | 400g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1998 ed.
  • XII, 201 p.
  • 0333726731
  • 9780333726730

About M. Sellers

MORTIMER NEWLIN STEAD SELLERS is a University System of Maryland Regents Professor and Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law and Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore. He is the author of American Republicanism, also available from Palgrave more

Table of contents

Preface Introduction PART I: THE ORIGINS OF REPUBLICAN LIBERTY Roman Liberty Italian Liberty English Liberty American Liberty French Liberty Republican Liberty PART II: THE CONCEPT OF REPUBLICAN LIBERTY Cicero's Conception of Liberty Machiavelli's Conception of Liberty Harrington's Conception of Liberty Sidney's Conception of Liberty Montesquieu's Conception of Liberty Rousseau's Conception of Liberty Adams's Conception of Liberty Madison's Conception of Liberty The Concept of Republican Liberty PART III: LIBERTIES AND LICENSE New Conceptions of Liberty The Liberty of Thomas Hobbes The Liberty of Edward Coke The Liberty of John Locke The Liberty of William Blackstone Liberties and License PART IV: REPUBLICANISM, LIBERALISM AND THE LAW Republicanism Liberalism Liberty Rights Negative Liberty Positive Liberty Natural Law Positive Law Political Liberalism Public Reason The Republican Revival Republicanism, Liberalism and the Law PART V: THE SACRED FIRE OF LIBERTY The Sacred Fire of Liberty Indexshow more