PHIL2634 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Legal Fiction

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4 early modern and enlightened bills and declarations. Read and contrast the english bill of rights (1688) with the american declaration of independence (1776) and the. French declaration of the rights of man (1789) The english bill of rights is another important document in the long history of attempts to restrain royal power. It marked the end of the efforts of the stuart line of kings (james i, charles i, charles ii, and james ii) to marginalise. Royal absolutism was a major cause of the civil war (1642 51) and eventually led to. James ii"s expulsion in 1688 and the installation of william iii. The style in which it was written, presenting a formal list of grievances and abuses of power, was a major influence on the american declaration of independence. But the declaration differed from the bill of rights insofar as it made universal claims that went far beyond attempts to secure the liberties of englishmen.

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