Republican Liberty and Constitutional Constraints

Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, Vol. 25, pp. 273-85, 2000

13 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2006

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Eric Ghosh

University of New England, Australia


This critique explores some of the broad implications of republican and liberal liberty that Pettit points to in his paper, 'Republican liberty and its constitutional significance'. In articulating a republican approach to constitutional issues, Pettit says that his discussion is intended as a theoretical exercise, not a historical one; he attempts to work out the implications which follow from the value of republican liberty rather than relying on the constitutional recommendations of republican writers. My approach follows Pettit's stated methodology. It indicates that Pettit has overstated the contrast between republican and liberal liberty.

Keywords: republican liberty, republicanism, liberalism, constitutionalism

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Ghosh, Eric J., Republican Liberty and Constitutional Constraints. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, Vol. 25, pp. 273-85, 2000, Available at SSRN:

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University of New England, Australia ( email )

Armidale, New South Wales 2351

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