The Limits of State Action / Edition 1

The Limits of State Action / Edition 1

by von Humboldt, J. W. (ed.) Burrow
     
 

ISBN-10: 0865971099

ISBN-13: 9780865971097

Pub. Date: 03/01/1993

Publisher: Liberty Fund, Incorporated

The grand, leading principle, towards which every argument . . . unfolded in these pages directly converges, is the absolute and essential importance of human development in its richest diversity.

This description by Wilhelm von Humboldt of his purpose in writing The Limits of State Action animates John Stuart Mill's On Liberty and

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The grand, leading principle, towards which every argument . . . unfolded in these pages directly converges, is the absolute and essential importance of human development in its richest diversity.

This description by Wilhelm von Humboldt of his purpose in writing The Limits of State Action animates John Stuart Mill's On Liberty and serves as its famous epigraph. Seldom has a book spoken so dramatically to another writer. Many commentators even believe that Humboldt's discussion of issues of freedom and individual responsibility possesses greater clarity and directness than Mill's.

The Limits of State Action, by "Germany's greatest philosopher of freedom," as F. A. Hayek called him, has an exuberance and attention to principle that make it a valuable introduction to classical liberal political thought. It is also crucial for an understanding of liberalism as it developed in Europe at the turn of the nineteenth century. Humboldt explores the role that liberty plays in individual development, discusses criteria for permitting the state to limit individual actions, and suggests ways of confining the state to its proper bounds. In so doing, he uniquely combines the ancient concern for human excellence and the modern concern for what has come to be known as negative liberty.

J. W. Burrow is Professor of History at the University of Sussex.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865971097
Publisher:
Liberty Fund, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/1993
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,242,724
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION xvii
EDITOR’S NOTE lix
NOTE ON THE PRESENT EDITION lix
OTHER WORKS BY WILHELM VON HUMBOLDT lx
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY lx C H A P T E R I
Introduction 3 C H A P T E R I I
Of the individual man, and the highest ends of his existence 10 C H A P T E R I I I
On the solicitude of the State for the positive welfare of the citizen 16 C H A P T E R I V
Of the solicitude of the State for the negative welfare of the citizen n For his security 38 C H A P T E R V
On the solicitude of the State for security against foreign enemies 41 C H A P T E R V I
On the solicitude of the State for the mutual security of the citizens n Means for attaining this end n Institutions for reforming the mind and character of the citizen n National education 46 C H A P T E R V I I
Religion 53 C H A P T E R V I I I
Amelioration of morals 70 C H A P T E R I X
The solicitude of the State for security more accurately and positively defined n Further development of the idea of security 82 C H A P T E R X
On the solicitude of the State for security with respect to actions which directly relate to the agent only (Police laws) 86 C H A P T E R X I
On the solicitude of the State for security with respect to such of the citizens’ actions as relate directly to others (Civil laws) 94 C H A P T E R X I I
On the solicitude of the State for security as manifested in the juridical decision of disputes among the citizens 106 C H A P T E R X I I I
On the solicitude for security as manifested in the punishment of transgressions of the State’s laws (Criminal laws) 110 C H A P T E R X I V
On the solicitude of the State for the welfare of minors, lunatics, and idiots 127 C H A P T E R X V
Measures for the maintenance of the State n Completion of the theory 134 C H A P T E R X V I
Practical application of the theory proposed 139 Index 149
COMPARATIVE TABLE OF SUBJECTS IN WILHELM VON HUMBOLDT’S The Limits of State Action AND JOHN STUART MILL’S On Liberty 158

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