Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Structure of LibertyJustice and the Rule of Law$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Randy E. Barnett

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198297297.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 June 2019

Introduction: Liberty Vs. License

Introduction: Liberty Vs. License

Chapter:
(p.1) One Introduction: Liberty Vs. License
Source:
The Structure of Liberty
Author(s):

Randy E. Barnett

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198297297.003.0001

This chapter places the arguments of the rest of the book into philosophical context. It distinguishes between liberty and licence, identifies the natural law method of given‐if‐then reasoning, and distinguishes natural law ethics from natural rights. It argues that a respect for natural rights contributes to the obligatoriness of positive law. This ‘hypothetical imperative’ form of argument is identified as consequentialist but not utilitarian.

Keywords:   consequentialism, ethics, hypothetical imperative, liberty, license, natural law, natural rights, positive law, utilitarianism

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .