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Political and Legal Obligation - J. Roland Pennock

Political and Legal Obligation

By: J. Roland Pennock (Editor), John W. Chapman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2007
ISBN: 9780202308845
Number Of Pages: 488

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At a point in history marked by dramatic challenges to the existing political and social order, the question of legal and political obligation emerges as a focal point of international concern. Amid the clamor for radical change in the established order, theories of political obligation demand renewed examination. In this volume, eighteen leading specialists in the legal, philosophical, and political science aspects of the question, offer their views on this timely topic. Part I examines the nature of moral, legal, and political obligation. The first essay presents a set of defi nitions that denies the very existence of obligation. The second essay disagrees particularly with respect to the relationship of political to moral tenets, and the third discusses the highly complex interplay between law and morality. Part II takes up the conditions of obligation and of obedience. The fi rst essay in this part discusses the conditions necessary to generate a "felt obligation." The second paper, concentrates on exposing key obstacles to the empirical proof that behavior is, or is not, motivated by "felt obligation." While the third draws upon a large body of literature and court decisions dealing with compliance to the law. The fourth essay is a case study of Rome, probing the role of obligation during that city's seven centuries of existence without a police force, and the ultimate breakdown of the system. Part III highlights ethical considerations that arise out of civil disobedience. The first essay proposes a rather restrictive defi nition of civil disobedience, and then embarks on a surprising examination of this subject in the light of the traditional arguments for "just war." Followingthat, is a broader examination of disobedience, emphasizing a contextual approach and applying, as a test, the likelihood of public good that will result from disobedience. Scholars and students in the areas of law, philosophy, and political science will find this volume a vital addition to their libraries.

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-Chapman and Pennock will increase still further our debt to them with a Nomos volume on the issues in justification that the problem of official obligation raises, and most particularly on the connections of those issues with the problems of citizens in defining their obligation.-

--M.R. Kadish, The American Political Science Review "Chapman and Pennock will increase still further our debt to them with a Nomos volume on the issues in justification that the problem of official obligation raises, and most particularly on the connections of those issues with the problems of citizens in defining their obligation."

--M.R. Kadish, The American Political Science Review "Chapman and Pennock will increase still further our debt to them with a Nomos volume on the issues in justification that the problem of official obligation raises, and most particularly on the connections of those issues with the problems of citizens in defining their obligation."

--M.R. Kadish, The American Political Science Review

Introduction to the Aldine Transaction Editionp. xi
Introductionp. xi
Legal, Moral, and Political Obligation
Legal and Moral Obligationp. 3
In Defense of Obligationp. 36
Obligation and Obediencep. 46
Obligation: Political, Legal, Moralp. 55
Obligation, Ideals, and Abilityp. 89
Obligation: Political and Moralp. 116
The Moral Foundations of Political Obligationp. 142
Obligation and the Conditions of Obedience
Constitutional Obligationp. 179
On Feeling Obligated to Do What a Constitution Requiresp. 214
Causes and Effects of Constitutional Compliancep. 219
Rome: Fides and Obsequium, Rise and Fallp. 229
Political Obligation and Collective Goodsp. 263
Civil Disobedience
Civil Disobedience: Its Occasions and Limitsp. 293
A Contextual Approach to Disobediencep. 332
Some Truths and Untruths about Civil Disobediencep. 370
Political Alienation and Military Servicep. 401
Political Change through Civil Disobedience in the USSR and Eastern Europep. 421
Gandhi's Synthesis of Indian Spirituality and Western Politicp. 440
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ISBN: 9780202308845
ISBN-10: 0202308847
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 1st January 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.71

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