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David Runciman's timely book examines the views of a dozen philosophers on the subject of state power: On what principles does the state enjoy power over its citizens and what limits its control?

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Confronting Leviathan A history of ideas

Shreekant Sambrani
Confronting Leviathan A history of ideas
Author: David Runciman
Publisher: Profile Books/Hatchette India
Pages: viii+280
Price: Rs 599

“Life and personal liberty are inalienable rights….The dignity of the individual, equality between human beings and the quest for liberty are the foundational pillars of the Indian constitution,” wrote Justice D Y Chandrachud (now Chief Justice) in 2017 while delivering the unanimous judgement of the nine-judge constitution bench upholding privacy as a fundamental right.

The learned judge had addressed an existential question: On what principles does the state, whose protection its citizens need, enjoy power and what limits its power over citizens? David Runciman’s timely book examines

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First Published: Nov 22 2022 | 11:05 PM IST

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