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The decline of private law, a philosophical history of liberal legalism, Gonçalo de Almeida Ribeiro

"This book is a large-scale historical reconstruction of liberal legalism, from its inception in the mid-nineteenth century, the moment in which the jurists forged the alliance between political liberalism and legal expertise embodied in classical private law doctrine, to the contemporary anxiety about the possibility of both a liberal solution to the problem of political justification and of law as a respectable form of expert knowledge. Each stage in the history is a moment of synthesis between a substantive and a methodological idea. The former is the liberal political theory of the period, purporting to provide a solution to the problem of political justification. The latter is a conception of legal method or science, supposedly vindicating the access of the expert to the political choices embodied in the law. Thus, each moment in the history of liberal legalism integrates a political theory with a jurisprudential conception. Although it reaches the unsettling conclusion that liberal legalism has largely failed by its own standards, the book urges us to avoid quietism, scepticism or cynicism, in the hope that a deeper understanding of the fragility of our values and institutions inspires a more thoughtful, broadminded and nurtured citizenship"--Bloomsbury Publishing
Table Of Contents
1. The Idea of Political Liberalism -- I. The Liberal Hypothesis -- II. Majoritarian Government -- III. Democratic Legitimacy -- IV. The Trouble with Majoritarianism -- V. Reasonable Pluralism -- VI. Freestanding Principles -- VII. Politics and Justice -- VIII. Political Liberalism -- IX. Pluralism within Liberalism -- 2. Kant and the Will Theory -- I. Why Kant? -- II. Kant's Moral System -- III. Moral Value in the Groundwork -- IV. The Nature of Recht -- V. The Rightful Condition -- VI. Private Right -- VII. The Will Theory -- VIII. Norm and Exception -- 3. The Rise of Classical Private Law -- I. From Theory to Ideology -- II. Reception of the Will Theory -- III. Rise and Decline of Iurisprudentia -- IV. Modern Legal Science -- V. The Savignian System (i): Substance -- VI. The Savignian System (ii): Method -- VII. The Triumph of Formalism -- VIII. Classical Private Law -- 4. The Socialisation of Private Law -- I. The Social Question -- II. The Social Jurists -- III. The Emergence of Social Law -- IV. The Social in Private Law -- V. The Critique of Formalism -- VI. Teleological Jurisprudence -- VII. Culpa in Contrahendo -- VIII. Abuse of Rights -- 5. The Politicisation of Private Law -- I. On 'Legal Realism' -- II. The Collapse of Private -- Public -- III. Confl icting Considerations -- IV. Rules and Principles -- V. The Indeterminacy of Doctrine -- VI. The Indeterminacy of Rules -- VII. The Indeterminacy of Grounds -- VIII. Ideology in Private Law
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Physical Description
1 online resource (341 pages), illustrations
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