Freedom and the Law
|Subject||Politics, Law, Philosophy|
Freedom and the Law is the most important book written by Italian jurist and philosopher Bruno Leoni. It was first published in 1961 and the 3rd edition is now made widely available through the Internet by the Online Library of Liberty , with permission of the George Mason University.
In this book, Leoni contended that the greatest obstacle to the Rule of Law is the problem of overlegislation. Leoni also pointed to a parallelism between the market and common law on the one hand, and socialism and legislation on the other.
Through a review of Roman doctrine and jurisprudence, Leoni shows that the Romans thought of Law as a process of discovery instead as of a set of enacted orders, and that the popular confusion between law and legislation is contemporary to our era and the advent of socialism.
Table of contents
- Freedom and the Law
- Chapter 1.: Which Freedom?
- Chapter 2.: "freedom" and "constraint"
- Chapter 3.: Freedom and the Rule of Law
- Chapter 4.: Freedom and the Certainty of the Law
- Chapter 5.: Freedom and Legislation
- Chapter 6.: Freedom and Representation
- Chapter 7.: Freedom and the Common Will
- Chapter 8.: Some Difficulties Analyzed
- The Law and Politics
- Chapter 1.: The Law As Individual Claim
- Chapter 2.: Law and Economy In the Making
- Chapter 3.: The Economic Approach to the Political
- Chapter 4.: Voting Versus the Market
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