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Political Obligation / Edition 2

Political Obligation / Edition 2

by John Horton


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Political Obligation / Edition 2

How should we understand the relationship between citizens and governments, and what are the obligations of citizens? In this substantially revised new edition of an influential text, John Horton challenges dominant theories by offering an 'associative' account focusing particularly on what it is to be a member of a political community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900230576512
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 10/15/2010
Series: Issues in Political Theory
Edition description: 2nd ed. 2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

JOHN HORTON is Professor of Political Philosophy, Keele University, UK.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition ix

1 Problems of Political Obligation 1

Political obligation in context 2

One problem or many" 5

Political philosophy, theory, justification and explanation 7

Theorizing political obligation 11

Conclusion 15

2 Voluntarist Theories 18

Voluntarism and political obligation 19

Consent 27

Political obligation and consent 32

The limits of voluntarism 41

Conclusion 49

3 Teleological Theories 51

The structure and forms of utilitarianism 54

Utilitarianism and political obligation 60

Hare's utilitarian account of political obligation 63

Political obligation and the common good 69

Conclusion 76

4 Deontological Theories 78

Hypothetical consent 80

Fairness and political obligation 86

Natural duty, gratitude and samaritanism 96

Rawls's duty to uphold just institutions 100

Conclusion 105

5 Anarchism: Political and Philosophical 106

Anarchism and political obligation 106

Individualist anarchism 113

Communal anarchism 116

Philosophical anarchism 121

Philosophical anarchism and the polity 131

Conclusion 133

6 Associative Political Obligation and its Critics 135

Pluralist theories 136

The conceptual argument 138

Introducing associative obligations 146

Gilbert's plural subject theory 151

Simmons's critique of associative communitarianism 156

Conclusion 165

7 Elaborating the Associative Theory 167

The sense of political obligation 169

Groups, membership and the good of a polity 173

Identity, polity and political obligation 180

Political obligation, authority and obedience 188

Conclusion 191

8 Conclusion 192

Why political obligation matters 193

Philosophy and political obligation 195

Guide to Further Reading 199

Bibliography 203

Index 212

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From the Publisher

Reviews of the previous edition: 'perceptive and closely argued ... this valuable book deserves a warm welcome' – Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh, University of Westminster, UK

'both an excellent introduction for advanced students and a useful challenge for those familiar with the field of political obligation' – Professor Richard Dagger, University of Richmond, US

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