Conclusion: Law, Order and Freedom

  • Cees Maris
  • Frans Jacobs
Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 94)


Chapter 10 summarises the historical developments of the preceding chapters in light of the central problems of legal philosophy as elaborated on in Chapter 1. It proceeds to discuss whether political liberalism, which has found its most impressive articulation in the theory of justice of John Rawls, provides an adequate answer to these problems. Political liberalism limits itself to articulating the conditions for the peaceful and fair co-operation of persons with conflicting worldviews. It is exclusively a practical theory of the political domain, not a metaphysical doctrine of the nature of man. The chapter concludes that, although there certainly is no such thing as a liberal End of History, for the time being political liberalism emerges from historical experience as providing law with the most reasonable balance of legal order and freedom available.


Legal Order Political Liberalism Public Morality Moral Progress Personal Morality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of the Humanities, Department of PhilosophyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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