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Journal Title

Oxford Journal of Legal Studies



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Publication Date

Summer 1991


This article will advocate the political search for truth and justice, which I shall call 'republicanism', and a technique for finding them, which I shall call 'representative democracy'. 'Republicanism' is the belief that truth and justice exist and should guide the actions both of individuals and of the state. 'Representative democracy' is the system in which the citizens select representatives to determine what the laws should be, and to apply them. Republican impartiality provides the standpoint from which different moral intuitions or conceptions of the common good should be evaluated in a just state.

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