Moral Principles and Political Obligations

ISBN-10: 0691020191
ISBN-13: 9780691020198
Edition: 1980 (Reprint)
Authors: A. John Simmons
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Description: Outlining the major competing theories in the history of political and moral philosophy--from Locke and Hume through Hart, Rawls, and Nozick--John Simmons attempts to understand and solve the ancient problem of political obligation. Under what  More...

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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 1980
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/21/1981
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Outlining the major competing theories in the history of political and moral philosophy--from Locke and Hume through Hart, Rawls, and Nozick--John Simmons attempts to understand and solve the ancient problem of political obligation. Under what conditions and for what reasons (if any), he asks, are we morally bound to obey the law and support the political institutions of our countries?

Preface
Introduction
Obligations
Obligations and Final Judgments
Obligation and Duty
Positional Duties and Moral Requirements
"Prima Facie" Requirements
The Problem of Political Obligation
The Limits of the Investigation
Political Obligation and Political Language
Utilitarianism and Political Obligation
The Standards of Success
The Consent Tradition
Consent Theory
The Major Assumptions
Majority Consent
The Argument from Tacit Consent
Consent Defined
Tacit Consent
Locke and the Failure of Tacit Consent
Tacit Consent and Residence
The Principle of Fair Play
Hart and Rawls on Fair Play
Fair Play and Justice
Fair Play and Political Obligation
Nozick's Arguments
The Principle in Political Communities
The Natural Duty of Justice
Rawls on Political Obligation
When Institutions "Apply to Us"
Justice and Political Bonds
Gratitude
The Benefits of Government
Debts of Gratitude
Gratitude as a Ground of Political Obligation
Concluding Remarks
Political Obligation and Disobedience
Political Obligation and Legitimacy
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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