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The Rule of Law History, Theory and Criticism Edited by Pietro Costa and Danilo Zolo pdf free download

The Rule of Law History, Theory and Criticism Edited by Pietro Costa and Danilo Zolo pdf free download. Today the expression “rule of law” is remarkably widespread, not only in political and legal literature but, most notably, in newspapers and political language. This expression is by no means a fresh lexical creation: the formula “rule of law” has in fact a long history, deeply affecting its meanings and contemporary popularity.

The Rule of Law History, Theory and Criticism Edited by Pietro Costa and Danilo Zolo pdf free download

However, it is unclear whether the popularity of the expression reflects its vitality as a theoretical-critical category or the dying splendour of an obsolete notion. First of all, we need to explain why we assume that our use of the phrase “rule of law” is able to cover the experience of both Englishspeaking and continental European countries. Of course, we cannot take for granted that expressions such as Rechtsstaat, État de droit, Stato di diritto, and Estado de derecho refer to the same phenomenon.

The Rule of Law History, Theory and Criticism Edited by Pietro Costa and Danilo Zolo pdf free download

The semantic field of these expressions seems to be the same because of their linguistic kinship but the historical and conceptual specificity of the underlying “national traditions” should not be overlooked. Even if we were inclined to minimize differences within continental Europe, the dramatic contrast between civil law and common law systems would prevent us from considering “rule of law” and Rechtsstaat (with similar expressions) as simply synonyms.

The Rule of Law History, Theory and Criticism Edited by Pietro Costa and Danilo Zolo pdf free download

Briefly, it is the thema probandum of our research, and not an axiom, that different expressions belong to a basically consistent universe of meaning. However, we will try to get out of our terminological trouble by using the phrase “rule of law” in general, i.e. not only with reference to the English-speaking world. We will use the term Rechtsstaat (and such similar expressions) only when we refer to the specific experiences of continental Europe.

The Rule of Law History, Theory and Criticism Edited by Pietro Costa and Danilo Zolo pdf free download

Of course, the problem cannot be solved by resorting to terminological tricks; our purpose is rather to sketch the historical diagram and multiple meanings of a “semantic field” whose relevance in Western political culture is indisputable. Nevertheless, we are interested not only in the past, but also in the present of the “rule of law”. This book is also intended to contribute to an understanding of the notion of the rule of law within contemporary philosophical, political, and legal debate.

The Rule of Law History, Theory and Criticism Edited by Pietro Costa and Danilo Zolo pdf free download

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