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By Robert P. George

Common legislation idea is having fun with a revival of curiosity in numerous scholarly disciplines together with legislation, philosophy, political technology, and theology and non secular experiences. This quantity offers twelve unique essays by way of prime normal legislations theorists and their critics. The members talk about typical legislations theories of morality, legislation and felony reasoning, politics, and the guideline of legislations. Readers get a transparent experience of the broad range of viewpoints represented between modern theorists, and a chance to guage the arguments and counterarguments exchanged within the present debates among common legislations theorists and their critics. members contain Hadley Arkes, Joseph M. Boyle, Jr., John Finnis, Robert P. George, Russell Hittinger, Neil MacCormick, Michael Moore, Jeffrey Stout, Joseph Raz, Jeremy Waldron, Lloyd Weinreb, and Ernest Weinrib.

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Following these personality dynamics, some individuals may instinctively rebel against authority, or follow authority slavishly; they may find comfortable what is old and established, or favor what is new; they may be animated by a passion for justice and a resentment of inequality, or cynically accept injustice and inequality as inevitable and unchangeable. 1 That is, one of the key functions of ideology is that it provides a handy guide to opinion and action in general, without the necessity of becoming intimately familiar with the details of every issue on which a position must be taken.

Of course, in practice, actual systems of elite rule, even where the elite claim to be the most virtuous or the most able, generally find themselves with rulers who have merely inherited their position, or else who have come to it by force or treachery of some kind. In fact, actually ruling elites would be hard put to persuade anybody they represented the "best" elements in their societies. For purposes of argument it is instructive to consider a hypothetical case. Even if it were somehow possible to choose the most able members of society and install them in power, the republic of Platonic idealists would not result.

Well, they all involve government by some kind of elite, a limited set of people with some claim to being "better" than the nonelite. Many critics of democracy, including the great Athenian philosopher Plato, have argued that instead of being governed by the masses, it is self-evidently better to be ruled by only "the best" elements of society: the enlightened, the educated, or the virtuous. Of course, in practice, actual systems of elite rule, even where the elite claim to be the most virtuous or the most able, generally find themselves with rulers who have merely inherited their position, or else who have come to it by force or treachery of some kind.

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