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The Legacy of H.L.A. HartLegal, Political, and Moral Philosophy$
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Matthew H. Kramer, Claire Grant, Ben Colburn, and Antony Hatzistavrou

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542895.001.0001

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The Basic Liberties

The Basic Liberties

(p.201) 11 The Basic Liberties
The Legacy of H.L.A. Hart

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This chapter contends that the liberties correctly classifiable as basic are susceptible to being equally enjoyed at the same time by everyone (equal co-enjoyment), important in the lives of normal human beings (personal significance), and not legitimately subject to any restrictions beyond those necessary to satisfy the requirement of equal co-enjoyment. It draws upon Hart's critique of John Rawls in order to develop his account of the chief characteristics of the basic liberties.

Keywords:   basic liberties, equality, republicanism, John Rawls

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