Principle Of Fairness And Political Obligation

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In The Principle of Fairness and Political Obligation, George Klosko presents the first book-length treatment of political obligation grounded in the premises of liberal political theory. In this now-classic work, he clearly and systematically formulates what others thought impossible-a principle of fairness that specifies a set of conditions which grounds existing political obligations and bridges the gap between the abstract accounts of political principles and the actual beliefs of political actors. Brought ...
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Overview

In The Principle of Fairness and Political Obligation, George Klosko presents the first book-length treatment of political obligation grounded in the premises of liberal political theory. In this now-classic work, he clearly and systematically formulates what others thought impossible-a principle of fairness that specifies a set of conditions which grounds existing political obligations and bridges the gap between the abstract accounts of political principles and the actual beliefs of political actors. Brought up-to-date with a new introduction, this new edition will be of great interest to all interested in political thought.
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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Klosko's analysis is based on a commonsense idea of fairness, rather than on policy consequences and outcomes. It recognizes the fuzzy—even tragic—nature of political reality. In a less than perfect world, we must be (and generally are) satisfied with 'good enough.' Klosko's great achievement is to show with rigor what we implicitly mean by 'good enough' when determining whether individuals are even obligated to political communities in a world of uncertainty and unclarity. This compact and readable work should be of interest to more than professional political philosophers. Highly recommended.
The Review of Politics
The argument developed in Klosko's book is worth wrestling with, for there is much to think about in this work and very little to distract.
— Greg Hill
Political Studies Review
George Klosko has performed an invaluable service by, for the first time, setting out the fairness theory of political obligation with thoroughness and some detail. He has ensured that hereafter the fairness theory will need to be subjected to proper critical discussion in any serious treatment of political obligation and his statement of the theory is by some way the best available.
— John Horton
Choice
Klosko's analysis is based on a commonsense idea of fairness, rather than on policy consequences and outcomes. It recognizes the fuzzy—even tragic—nature of political reality. In a less than perfect world, we must be (and generally are) satisfied with 'good enough.' Klosko's great achievement is to show with rigor what we implicitly mean by 'good enough' when determining whether individuals are even obligated to political communities in a world of uncertainty and unclarity. This compact and readable work should be of interest to more than professional political philosophers. Highly recommended.
The Review of Politics - Greg Hill
The argument developed in Klosko's book is worth wrestling with, for there is much to think about in this work and very little to distract.
Ethics - Leslie Green
In grappling with Klosko's arguments one learns much about the theory of fairness itself, and the book is a model of lucid and fair-minded exposition. It provides a nice counterpoint to the skeptical position popular among some liberal theorists.
American Political Science Review - Donald Becker
Anyone interested in the problem of political obligation will be stimulated by this book, which provides a good sustained argument for a plausible account of political obligation that is worthy of careful consideration.
Mind: A Quarterly Review of Philosophy - Jonathan Wolff
Klosko's clear and well-written book is the most comprehensive attempt yet to argue for the existence of political obligations from the Principle of Fairness.
Political Studies Review - John Horton
George Klosko has performed an invaluable service by, for the first time, setting out the fairness theory of political obligation with thoroughness and some detail. He has ensured that hereafter the fairness theory will need to be subjected to proper critical discussion in any serious treatment of political obligation and his statement of the theory is by some way the best available.
Ethics - Andrew Rehfeld
The book is an exemplar of close and careful arguement, fairness, and clarity. Further, even with the developments over the last twelve years, the book retains the virtue of being a terrific introduction to the topics of political obligation and legitimacy more generally.
Ethics
The book is an exemplar of close and careful arguement, fairness, and clarity. Further, even with the developments over the last twelve years, the book retains the virtue of being a terrific introduction to the topics of political obligation and legitimacy more generally.
— Andrew Rehfeld
American Political Science Review
Anyone interested in the problem of political obligation will be stimulated by this book, which provides a good sustained argument for a plausible account of political obligation that is worthy of careful consideration.
— Donald Becker
Mind
Klosko's clear and well-written book is the most comprehensive attempt yet to argue for the existence of political obligations from the Principle of Fairness.
— Jonathan Wolff
Political Studies
George Klosko has performed an invaluable service by, for the first time, setting out the fairness theory of political obligation with thoroughness and some detail. He has ensured that hereafter the fairness theory will need to be subjected to proper critical discussion in any serious treatment of political obligation and his statement of the theory is by some way the best available.
— John Horton
The Review Of Politics
The argument developed in Klosko's book is worth wrestling with, for there is much to think about in this work and very little to distract.
— Greg Hill
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Meet the Author

George Klosko is Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. His books include Democratic Procedures and Liberal Consensus, Jacobins and Utopians: The Political Theory of Fundamental Moral Reform, as well as the two-volume History of Political Theory: An Introduction.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 New Introduction Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Political Obligation Chapter 4 The Principle of Fairness Chapter 5 Political Precepts Chapter 6 Discretionary Public Goods Chapter 7 Fairness Theory Chapter 8 Fairness, Utilitarianism, and Consent Chapter 9 Appendix I: Parfit's Moral Arithmetic and the Obligation to Obey the Law Chapter 10 Appendix II: The Principle of Fairness and Political Attitudes Chapter 11 Bibliography Chapter 12 Index
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