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The Political Philosophy Of Liberalism Notes

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Human rationality is the basis of liberalism and Australian law
o critical reasoning
premise a? reason a? conclusion

Liberalism is a dominant ideology and underpins the
o political system
o economic system
o legal system Liberalism: * An ideology and theory
o of the modern State
o based upon rationality and the individual * Power of the state must be limited * Power must be exercised arbitrarily * Fundamental individual rights
o freedom
o equality * Core themes of liberalism are:
o Individualism
o The Social Contract
o Liberty
o Equality
o The Rule of Law
o Rights and Utilitarianism
Individualism: * Individual as the basic building block of society * Law should reflect and respect the individual


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