The Dignity of Legislation

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Overview

In a lucid, concise volume, Jeremy Waldron defends the role of legislation, presenting it as an important mode of governance. Aristotle, Locke and Kant emerge as proponents of the dignity of legislation. Waldron's arguments are of obvious importance and topicality, especially in countries that are considering the introduction of a Bill of Rights. The Dignity of Legislation is original in conception, trenchantly argued and very clearly presented, and will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and thinkers.
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Fedinand Mount
It is a lucid, thoughtful and persuasive assault on all those "jurisprudes" who find the act of legislating something indecent and malodorous and prefer the cloistered calm of the courtroom.
&151#; The Times Literary Supplement
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"This excellent book is a forceful statement of an important position...and the book is a contribution to the history of political thought as well as contemporary debate." London Review of Books

"It is...lucid, thoughtful and persuasive..." TLS

"...Waldron adds healthy moderation and realism to philosophical discussions of democratic lawmaking." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521658836
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Seeley Lectures Series , #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The indignity of legislation; 3. Kant's positivism; 4. Locke's legislature (and Rawls's); 5. Aristotle's multitude; 6. The physics of consent; Notes to chapters; Bibliography; Index.
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