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Title:

Liberalizm Thomasa Paine’a

Alternative title:

The liberalism of Thomas Paine

Creator:

Błaszczyk, Cezary

ORCID:

0000-0003-4095-600X

Subject and Keywords:

Paine, Thomas (1737-1809) ; liberalism ; "Common sense" ; human rights ; social contract ; constitutionalism ; ownership and right to land

Abstract:

Thomas Paine was undoubtedly one of the most important figures of his times. The untiring liberal and democrat may be considered as the restless spirit of the Enlightenment, arguing for a revolution and freedom both in Europe and America. His main works are „The Rights of Man”, „First Principles of Government”, „The Agrarian Justice” and the most famous and influential — „Common Sense”. Even though he did not form a comprehensive political doctrine he appealed both to the British and French liberal traditions, he is to be considered as a great liberal ideologist. Paine believed in sovereign and independent men, who under the principle of self-government can establish the best government possible. The state was the necessity, since mankind was prone to sin; however, it was to be constructed according to the civil contract as the least burdensome and in compliance with the rights of men both natural and civil, as a true republic. Moreover, it was only rational, argued Paine, to abandon unequal division of estates and trade protectionism, to allow for universal welfare and peace.

Place of publishing:

Wrocław

Publisher:

Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

Contributor:

Jabłoński, Mariusz. Red.

Date issued:

2016

Date copyrighted:

2016

Identifier:

ISSN 0137-1134 ; ISSN 0239-6661

DOI:

10.19195/0137-1134.105.1

Source:

PAd P 101660 II

Language:

pol ; eng

Relation:

Acta Universitatis Wratislaviensis, ISSN 0239-6661, No 3725. Przegląd Prawa i Administracji 2016, 105, s. 11-39

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Czasopisma Naukowe w Sieci

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