Moral Principles and Political Obligations / Edition 1

Moral Principles and Political Obligations / Edition 1

by A. John Simmons
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691020191

ISBN-13: 9780691020198

Pub. Date: 09/01/1981

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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.  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691020198
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1981
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Introduction3
Chapter I.Obligations7
I.i.Obligations and Final Judgments7
I.ii.Obligation and Duty11
I.iii.Positional Duties and Moral Requirements16
I.iv."Prima Facie" Requirements24
Chapter II.The Problem of Political Obligation29
II.i.The Limits of the Investigation29
II.ii.Political Obligation and Political Language38
II.iii.Utilitarianism and Political Obligation45
II.iv.The Standards of Success54
Chapter III.The Consent Tradition57
III.i.Consent Theory57
III.ii.The Major Assumptions61
III.iii.Majority Consent71
Chapter IV.The Argument from Tacit Consent75
IV.i.Consent Defined75
IV.ii.Tacit Consent79
IV.iii.Locke and the Failure of Tacit Consent83
IV.iv.Tacit Consent and Residence95
Chapter V.The Principle of Fair Play101
V.i.Hart and Rawls on Fair Play101
V.ii.Fair Play and Justice109
V.iii.Fair Play and Political Obligation114
V.iv.Nozick's Arguments118
V.v.The Principle in Political Communities136
Chapter VI.The Natural Duty of Justice143
VI.i.Rawls on Political Obligation143
VI.ii.When Institutions "Apply to Us"147
VI.iii.Justice and Political Bonds152
Chapter VII.Gratitude157
VII.i.The Benefits of Government157
VII.ii.Debts of Gratitude163
VII.iii.Gratitude as a Ground of Political Obligation183
Chapter VIII.Concluding Remarks191
VIII.i.Political Obligation and Disobedience191
VIII.ii.Political Obligation and Legitimacy195
Notes202
Bibliography219
Index229

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