The Republican Idea

John Braithwaite and Philip Pettit

in Not Just Deserts

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198240563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680205 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

The Republican Idea

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This chapter first tries to characterize the republican notion of liberty. It then offers a definition of the target proposed for the criminal justice system, which is designed to reflect most aspects of that notion. Because the word ‘liberty’ belongs now to liberalism, the target is described as the maximization of the dominion of individual people. Having identified this target, the chapter argues that it promises to be an uncontroversial, stabilizing, and satiable goal for the criminal justice system: a goal which satisfies the three desiderata distinguished in the last chapter.

Keywords: criminal justice; republican liberty; liberalism; freedom; dominion

Chapter.  12892 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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