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Title: The Limits of Neo-Roman Liberty
Contributor(s): Maddox, W Graham (author)
Publication Date: 2002
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Abstract: While writers of the English Civil War abstracted from Roman sources a theory of liberty, the original 'res publica', always under the control of a unified and entrenched oligarchy, presents a threadbare fabric of liberty. Yet an impressive strand of modern republicanism follows this example: Philip Pettit's 'liberty as non-domination' appears to be inimical to notions of government power, overlooking that power is sometimes necessary to protect freedoms. Quentin Skinner sharpens this classical focus on a 'neo-Roman' theory. In Pettit a republican suspicion of popular government underplays contributions to the history of freedom from the Athenian democracy.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: History of Political Thought, 23(3), p. 418-431
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Place of Publication: London
ISSN: 0143-781X
Field of Research (FOR): 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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