A culture of rights: the Bill of Rights in philosophy, politics and law 1791 and 1991

Unset (1992) A culture of rights: the Bill of Rights in philosophy, politics and law 1791 and 1991. Woodrow Wilson Center Press . Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521446532

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Abstract

Written by leading authorities in history, philosophy, jurisprudence and political theory, the essays in this volume provide new insights into the variable and changing contents of the rights thinking and consciousness that lie at the core of American political culture and shape its central political institutions. Based on the current state of scholarly understanding and intended to provide a fresh sense of orientation into the complexities of the separate topics covered, the studies focus on two distinct 'moments' in the American experience: the eighteenth-century period of founding that produced the Bill of Rights as an element in the Constitutional settlement, and the contemporary moment, marked by a new historical consciousness of the difficulties of interpreting rights in changing contexts and thus by the continuing search for a properly grounded philosophical jurisprudence adequate to meet the ethical, social, and political conflicts of the present.

Item Type: Edited Book
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
Depositing User: Knud Haakonssen
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:05
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2012 15:15
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29450
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