Law and Philosophy

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 185–201 | Cite as

Rights, neutrality, and the oppressive power of the state

  • George Sher


Social Issue Oppressive Power 
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    Benjamin Constant,Principles of Politics Applicable to All Representative Governments, inBenjamin Constant: Political Writings, trans. and ed. Biancamaria Fontana (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), p. 176.Google Scholar
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    Alasdair MacIntyre,After Virtue, second edition (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1984), p. 195.Google Scholar
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    This argument appears in chapter two of a manuscript still in progress entitledBeyond Neutrality: Perfectionism and Politics.Google Scholar
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    Thus, Jeremy Waldron quotes T. S. Eliot as opposing “the ideal of a neutral society” in a book that Eliot published just before the Second World War; but Waldron adds that “I have managed to find no evidence that any liberal view that Eliot was opposing was ever actually formulated in these terms” (Jeremy Waldron, “Legislation and Moral Neutrality,” in Robert E. Goodin and Andrew Reeve, eds.,Liberal Neutrality (London: Routledge, 1989), p. 62.Google Scholar
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    That this is Dworkin's motivation emerges clearly in “Liberalism,” p. 197.Google Scholar

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • George Sher
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of PhilosophyRice UniversityHoustonUSA

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