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Republican liberty considered

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Liberty is central to the republican ideal. Typically the set of rights and liberties of republican citizens will include rights to political participation as well as civil and quasi-political rights and liberties. Republican thinkers have sought to protect citizens' rights, often by institutional arrangements. They have also been concerned to train citizens in the qualities essential to preserve the republic. It should be noted that the status of ‘citizen’ has often not been universally available to those who live in republics. A number of qualifications have usually restricted the right to full citizenship.

Keywords: Isaiah Berlin; Philip Pettit; Wesley Hohfeld; citizenship; civil rights; liberty; participation; political rights; qualifications for citizenship; republican citizenship; republicanism; restrictions on citizenship; rights

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand.

Publication date: 2000-03-01

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