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The terror of natural right : republicanism, the cult of nature, and the French Revolution

Author: Dan Edelstein
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Natural right - the idea that there is a collection of laws and rights based not on custom or belief but that are 'natural' in origin - is typically associated with liberal politics and freedom. In The Terror of Natural Right, Dan Edelstein argues that the revolutionaries used the natural right concept of the 'enemy of the human race' - an individual who has transgressed the laws of nature and must be executed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Edelstein, Dan.
Terror of natural right.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2009
(DLC) 2009001654
(OCoLC)301798070
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Edelstein
ISBN: 9780226184401 0226184404 1282426346 9781282426344
OCLC Number: 489111795
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 337 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction : To Live and Die by Nature's Laws --
Prologue : Hostis Humani Generis --
Ch. 1. Imaginary Republics --
Ch. 2. Finding Nature --
Ch. 3. Off With Their Heads : Death and the Terror --
Ch. 4. Case of the Missing Constitution : Of Power and Policy --
Ch. 5. Despotism of Nature : Justice and the Republic-To-Come --
Conclusion : Legacies of the Terror.
Responsibility: Dan Edelstein.

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Argues that the revolutionaries of eighteenth-century France used the natural right concept of the 'enemy of the human race' - an individual who has transgressed the laws of nature and must be  Read more...

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"The most provocative argument in his book is that the ideas that made the revolution spiral out of control were the cult of nature and the belief in natural rights." (Notion)"

 
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