Law and Philosophy

, Volume 32, Issue 5, pp 565–618 | Cite as

The Rule of Law and Equality

  • Paul Gowder


This paper describes and defends a novel and distinctively egalitarian conception of the rule of law. Official behavior is to be governed by preexisting, public rules that do not draw irrelevant distinctions between the subjects of law. If these demands are satisfied, a state achieves vertical equality between officials and ordinary people and horizontal legal equality among ordinary people.


Ordinary People Liberal Democracy Public Reason Legal Reason Civil Disobedience 
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  1. 1.University of Iowa College of LawIowa CityUSA

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