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Equality

George P. Fletcher

in Our Secret Constitution

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195156287
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199872169 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195156285.003.0006
Equality

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This chapter examines the myriad shadings of the concept of equality. The author discusses the origins and philosophical underpinnings of the phrase, “all men are created equal,” Immanuel Kant's concept of human dignity, and the impact of religion and nationalism on the theory of equality found in the Fourteenth Amendment. Special attention is paid to Charles Black's alternative reading of the Amendment's emphasis on citizenship as the requisite for equal treatment under the law.

Keywords: Charles Black; citizenship; equal treatment; equality; Fourteenth Amendment; human dignity; Immanuel Kant; nationalism; religion

Chapter.  8078 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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