Law, Order and Freedom

A Historical Introduction to Legal Philosophy

  • C.W. Maris
  • F.C.L.M. Jacobs

Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 94)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Cees Maris, Frans Jacobs
    Pages 1-41
  3. Cees Maris, Frans Jacobs
    Pages 43-90
  4. Cees Maris, Frans Jacobs
    Pages 91-110
  5. Cees Maris, Frans Jacobs
    Pages 111-138
  6. Cees Maris, Frans Jacobs
    Pages 139-168
  7. Cees Maris, Frans Jacobs
    Pages 169-194
  8. Cees Maris, Frans Jacobs
    Pages 195-259
  9. Cees Maris, Frans Jacobs
    Pages 261-309
  10. Cees Maris, Frans Jacobs
    Pages 311-352
  11. Cees Maris, Frans Jacobs
    Pages 353-378
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 379-388

About this book


Law, Order and Freedom gives an account of the history of Western legal and political philosophy, starting with the pre-Socratics and ending with Rawls. It examines in detail the development of the Enlightenment values of freedom and equality, the foremost principles of many present-day constitutions. The underlying ideal of individual autonomy, characteristic of modern times, has nevertheless been contested throughout its history. Against the background of this historical development, Law, Order and Freedom enquires further whether the modern Enlightenment values can serve as a foundation for law and society in the modern era where a great diversity of worldviews exists.

            Law, Order and Freedom will be an invaluable resource for those with an interest in legal and political philosophy.


Antiquity and the Middle Ages Aristotle Austin Calvinism Constitutional Law Criticism of Political Liberalism Deontological Ethics Versus Utilitarianism Dworkin Enlightenment Through Science Enlightenment ofCriminalLaw Greek Philosophy Hart Hobbes Human Rights Linguistic Philosophy Locke Montesquieu Neo-Marxism Nietzsche Plato Political Philosophy and Legal Philosophy Rawls’s Theory of Justice Scepticism and Relativism Spinoza The Enlightenment The Philosophy of Ordinary Language The Sophists TheNatural-LawDoctrine Theory of Knowledge: Synthesis of Empiricism Thomas Aquinas Welfare State

Editors and affiliations

  • C.W. Maris
    • 1
  • F.C.L.M. Jacobs
    • 2
  1. 1., Law FacultyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands
  2. 2.AmstelveenNetherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-1456-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-1457-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-4395
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0315
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