Texas Wesleyan Law Review


Filip Spagnoli

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In this paper, the Author endeavors to find philosophical arguments in favor of the link between freedom and equality and against the traditional opposition between these values. The Author's thesis is that the best way to defend this link is the adoption of a certain definition of freedom, namely freedom as autonomy, self-rule, and self-development. Other types of freedoms are more difficult to combine with the demands of equality. An important part of the link between freedom and equality will be the law and the state. Protection by the law, security because of the law, the creation of a public space by the law, and political participation in a democratic state based on the law are all factors which combine in producing an equal liberty for all, liberty in the sense of selfrule, freedom of choice, and the possibility to determine your own life and to develop yourself.



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