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The Morality of Freedom$
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Joseph Raz

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198248071

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198248075.001.0001

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Liberty and Rights

Liberty and Rights

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(p.245) 10 Liberty and Rights
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The Morality of Freedom
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Joseph Raz (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198248075.003.0010

The doctrine of liberty is underpinned by the ideal of autonomy. While the rights that have traditionally been of concern to liberals serve the interests of the individuals protected by those rights, they also tend to promote collective goods, such as the good of toleration, and the good of membership. What accounts, in part, for the force of these rights is their ability to serve such collective goods. The connection between rights and collective goods shows that rights should not be constitutionally entrenched in such a way that they are forever beyond the reach of political action.

Keywords:   autonomy, collective goods, constitution, liberty, rights

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