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First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea

Paul Woodruff

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195304541
eISBN:
9780199850747
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304541.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Americans have an unwavering faith in democracy and are ever eager to import it to nations around the world. But how democratic is our own “democracy”? If you can vote, if the majority rules, if you ... More


Natural Equality and Natural Law in Locke’s Two Treatises

Kari Saastamoinen

in Philosophy, Rights and Natural Law: Essays in Honour of Knud Haakonssen

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781474449229
eISBN:
9781474460200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474449229.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter discusses John Locke’s account of natural equality as presented in his Two Treatises of Government. Together with its sister concept natural liberty, natural equality is often ... More


Unconditional Equals

Anne Phillips

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780691210353
eISBN:
9780691226170
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691210353.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

For centuries, ringing declarations about all men being created equal appealed to a shared human nature as the reason to consider ourselves equals. But appeals to natural equality invited gradations ... More


Dignity and Equality in Pufendorf’s Natural Law Theory

Simone Zurbuchen

in Philosophy, Rights and Natural Law: Essays in Honour of Knud Haakonssen

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781474449229
eISBN:
9781474460200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474449229.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

The chapter explores the ambiguity of the notion of dignity in Pufendorf’s natural law theory. On the one hand, dignity (dignatio) denotes the moral status of human beings in virtue of which they ... More


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