• The Conception of Liberty in America

    Author(s):
    William Edmonds (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    Philosophy of law, Political philosophy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/wdvm-e786
    Abstract:
    Democracy as a form of government is too often considered an end of its own merit, but the true goal of a society ought not to be a certain form of government, but rather the optimization of opportunity among all its citizens. This optimization can be considered a function of protected rights and the aforementioned freedom from outside control, or what has been previously been called a trivalent relationship between an actor, positive liberty, and negative liberty. The rights and liberties that should be protected under the Constitution are those that serve the goal of optimizing opportunity. This paper seeks to discuss the various conceptions of liberty that have had an influence on the inception of American democracy.
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