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The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law

Randy E. Barnett


What is liberty, as opposed to licence, and why is it so important? When people pursue happiness, peace, and prosperity whilst living in society, they confront pervasive problems of knowledge, interest, and power. These problems are dealt with by ensuring the liberty of the people to pursue their own ends, but addressing these problems also requires that liberty be structured by certain rights and procedures associated with the classical liberal conception of justice and the rule of law. This book identifies the content of natural rights—several property, freedom of contract, first possession, ... More

Keywords: communitarianism, distributive justice, legal system, liberty, natural law, natural rights, punishment, restitution, retributive justice, rule of law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198297291
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198297297.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Randy E. Barnett, author
Boston University School of Law