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The Morality of Consent

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This short but provocative volume...is a fitting testimony to the author's extraordinary, though tragically brief, career as a constitutional scholar, lawyer and teacher. In just a hundred and a half literate pages, we are treated to vintage Bickel insight into every major political issue of the decade, from the civil rights movement, to the Warren Court, through the frene ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published September 10th 1977 by Yale University Press (first published 1975)
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Feb 07, 2014 Brent rated it really liked it
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"Everything can be improved, even radically improved, and change is the law of life. But not everything can be improved instantly, and not all change is good."

Bickel takes Burke as his starting point and contrasts the 18th century philosopher with the "contractarian liberal." To Bickel, this contractarian liberal is a moralist who is ready to implement his own view of right and wrong into society without any regard for the system in place. For Bickel (and for Burke), this approach imprudently ri
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Feb 19, 2010 DoctorM rated it really liked it
I've never understood why this book seems largely forgotten now. It's one that's always meant a lot to me--- one of the few works of clear political philosophy that I've admired. "Morality of Consent" is a clear and well-reasoned exposition of liberal constitutional theory and a defense of liberal democracy. Very much worth reading.
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