Civic Virtues: Rights, Citizenship, and Republican Liberalism

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Dworkin, Taking Rights Seriously ( Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1977), p. xi: "Individual rights are political trumps held by individuals".
Ronald Beiner, "The Moral Vocabulary of Liberalism", in NOMOS XXXIV: Virtue, ed. John W. Chapman and William A. Galston ( New York: New York University Press, 1992), p. 147.
For a vigorous statement of this complaint, see David Selbourne, The Principle of Duty: An Essay on the Foundations of the Civic Order ( London: SinclairStevenson, 1994), esp. p. 5: Indeed, in corrupted liberal orders dominated by claims to dutiless right, demand-satisfaction and self-realization through unimpeded freedom of action, a politics of rights amounts, in conditions of civic disaggregation and disorder, to little more than a politics of individual claims against the civic order and of duties owed by the latter to the individual. Missing consistently is a third term: the duties of the individual to himself and to fellow-members of the civic order to which he belongs."
L. W. Sumner, The Moral Foundation of Rights ( Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987), p. 15.
See, e.g., Lance Banning, "Jeffersonian Ideology Revisited: Liberal and Classical Ideas in the New American Republic", William and Mary Quarterly 43 ( 1986): 3-19, and "Some Second Thoughts on Virtue and the Course of Revolutionary Thinking", in Conceptual Change and the Constitution, ed. Terence Balland J. G. A. Pocock ( Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1988), pp. 194-212; Jeffrey C. Isaac, Republicanism vs. Liberalism?: A Reconsideration, History of Political Thought 9 (Summer 1988): 349-77; Thomas A. Spragens Jr., Reason and Democracy ( Durham: Duke University Press, 1990), chap. 1; and Richard C. Sinopoli , The Foundations of American Citizenship: Liberalism, the Constitution, and Civic Virtue ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).


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