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A Culture of Rights : The Bill of Rights in Philosophy, Politics and Law 1791 and 1991 - Michael James Lacey

A Culture of Rights

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

By: Michael James Lacey (Editor), Knud Haakonssen (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 3rd February 2015
ISBN: 9780521416375
Number Of Pages: 484

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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 moment, marked by a new historical consciousness of the difficulties of interpreting rights in changing contexts and thus by the continuing search for a properly grounded philosophical jurisprudence adequate to meet the ethical, social, and political conflicts of the present.

'For anyone seriously interested in understanding the American political founding and the evolution of our constitutional republic, A Culture of Rights is required reading. The impressive essays in this collection ... explore the cultural, moral, philosophical, legal and political moorings of rights as they were established and have developed throughout American history ... This collection is a valuable and important contribution to the literature and belongs in all academic libraries.' Library Journal

Acknowledgments
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
About the authors
Index
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ISBN: 9780521416375
ISBN-10: 052141637X
Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 484
Published: 3rd February 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.78