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Le principe qui fonde cette œuvre novatrice se situe dans le idea de " loi ". non pas celui d'une loi universelle, puisque Montesquieu souligne los angeles relativité des lois du fait de leurs stipulations historiques, géographiques, climatiques et sociales, mais celui de l'universalité de l. a. loi. " Au sortir du collège, on me mit dans les mains des livres de droit. J'en cherchais l'esprit ". résumait Montesquieu. Avec lui, los angeles loi prend une signification nouvelle qui domine toute l. a. modernité.

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Hegel sees it as the distinctive function of the legislative assemblies to provide a public space for ‘knowledge, deliberations, and decisions concerning universal matters’ (PR § 314 [p. 298]); he also acknowledges that public debates are carried on outside those assemblies and that public opinion is a ‘great power’ in such debates. Indeed, debate and discussion are so important in modern states that ‘what is to be authoritative nowadays’ derives its authority above all from ‘insight and argument’ (PR § 316 Addition [p.

1 Above all, we have ample opportunity to marvel at the pretentious tone recognizable in these busybodies when they talk as if the world had wanted for 1 Luke 16: 29. Preface 5 nothing except their energetic dissemination of truths, or as if their reheated stew were productive of new and unheard-of truths and was to be specially taken to heart before everything else ‘today’ and every day. On the other hand, we find that what are given out as truths of this sort by one party are dislodged and brushed aside by truths of just the same sort purveyed by other parties.

Hegel. Werke, 20 vols. and Index (Frankfurt-am-Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1969–). Translations of Hegel’s Outlines of the Philosophy of Right Dyde, S. W. ), Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (London: George Bell & Sons, 1896). Knox, T. M. ), Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (1952; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1967). ), G. W. F. : Focus Publishing, 2002). Wood, Allen W. ), and Nisbet, H. B. ), G. W. F. Hegel: Elements of the Philosophy of Right (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991). ), G. W. F. Hegel.

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