American edition of a British best seller
In The Principle of Duty David Selbourne engages and challenges both the political left and the political right. He presents a new politics and ethics founded not upon rights but upon duties: the duties of the citizen to society and of society to the citizen.
“We all owe David Selbourne a considerable debt. His themethat as individual citizens we are responsible for the well-being of the civic order to which we all belongis important. So is his promotion of the civic bond, the notion that citizens compose a single civic order ‘to which they are affiliated and bound by the principle of duty, and for whose well-being they are responsible in their common interest.’”The Times
Selbourne’s arresting, irascible and sometimes moving book is an important contribution to political thought, made at one of the turning-points in the history of political discourse in Britain."John Gray, Times Literary Supplement
“Timely and compelling . . . Selbourne’s solution is to reassert an argument which both the liberal tradition and the common law have long recognized, but has been progressively ignored: that people have duties to themselves, their fellows and society, which are fully the moral equivalent of their rights . . . .”Financial Times
“Rejecting both the doctrinaire right and the doctrinare left, David Selbournes ideas about civic virtue have struck a powerful chord . . .”Forbes