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Freedom and TimeA Theory of Constitutional Self-Government$
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Jed Rubenfeld

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300080483

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300080483.001.0001

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The Moment and the Millennium

The Moment and the Millennium

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Freedom and Time

Jed Rubenfeld

Yale University Press

Freedom is related to the desire to live in the present, both personally and politically. In political life, the link between freedom and present will puts democracy at odds with constitutional law. In personal life, it creates tension between freedom and character as well as all the commitments in which an individual is engaged. The desire to live in the present dates back to an imperative of political liberty that began at the dawn of the modern age and has since proliferated after having transformed itself. Restoring time to freedom have four implications that are concerned with the nature of the self and the mystery of the I, the theory of constitutional self-government, individual freedom, and “globalization” today. This book explores the desire to live in the present as an imperative of modernity and how it has proliferated from its origins in modern political thought to contemporary culture. It describes a speech-modeled conception of self-government organized around freedom of speech, examines the ideal of temporally extended freedom, and discusses constitutionalism as democracy.

Keywords:   time, freedom, self-government, globalization, political thought, freedom of speech, constitutionalism, democracy, modernity, constitutional law

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