The Principle of Fairness and Political Obligation

The Principle of Fairness and Political Obligation

by George Klosko

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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 up-to-date with a new introduction, this new edition will be of great interest to all interested in political thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742533752
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/26/2004
Series: Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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.

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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