The Structure of Liberty by Randy E. Barnett
Justice and the Rule of Law

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What is liberty, as opposed to license, and why is it so important? When people pursue happiness, peace and prosperity whilst living in society, they confront pervasive problems of knowledge, interest, and power. These problems are dealt with by ensuring the liberty of the people to pursue their own ends, but addressing these problems also requires that liberty be structured by certain rights and procedures associated with the classical liberal conception of justice and the rule of law.
Drawing upon insights from philosophy, economics, political theory, and law, Randy Barnett examines the serious social problems that are addressed by liberty--and the background or "natural" rights and "rule of law" procedures that distinguish liberty from license. He then outlines the constitutional framework that is needed to protect this structure of liberty. Athough this controversial new work is intended to challenge specialists, its clear and accessible prose ensure that it will be of immense value to both scholars and students working in a range of academic disciplines.

About Randy E. Barnett

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Randy E. Barnett attended Northwestern University where he studied philosophy. He received his J.D. from Harvard University and worked as a prosecutor for several years. Barnett then turned to teaching and is currently the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Law at Boston University Law School. Barnett has written frequently on law topics ranging from criminal law to constitutional rights and the role of consent in contract law. The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law, The Function of Restitutive Justice, and The Rights Retained by the People: The History and Meaning of the Ninth Amendment are some of his important works.
Published September 24, 1998 by Oxford University Press. 368 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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