Self-Authorship and Substantive Justice


in Constitutional Goods

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199225798
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191706516 | DOI:
Self-Authorship and Substantive Justice

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This chapter derives the constitutional doctrines flowing from the state's duty under the egalitarian paradigm to cultivate the conditions for everyone's living a self-authored life. In particular, it derives a right against strict criminal responsibility for harmful consequences, a right to express in right-respecting action one's conscientious beliefs, a right to state accommodation of conscientious belief where this is compatible with egalitarian public goals, and a qualified right to physician-assisted suicide. However, it criticizes those products of the egalitarian constitution flowing from the premise that the egalitarian principle is fundamental rather than part of a larger scheme. Specifically, it criticizes the egalitarian tendency toward strong legal paternalism, its repudiation of objective morality, and its inability to conceive of reasonable limits on the obscene and hateful public expression of conscientiously held beliefs.

Keywords: self-authorship; criminal responsibility; free expression; physician-assisted suicide; legal paternalism; objective morality; obscenity; hate speech

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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