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Political Obligation : Issues in Political Theory - John Horton

Political Obligation

Issues in Political Theory

Paperback Published: 15th September 2010
ISBN: 9780230576513
Number Of Pages: 215

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Do we have any obligations to our political society? If so, how should they be understood and explained? Political philosophers since Socrates have grappled with these questions, and have reached a diverse range of conclusions.

Following on from the success of the first edition, this substantially revised book provides a thorough assessment of the major theories of political obligation and explores the strengths and weaknesses of each. Horton argues against the denial that we have political obligations and defends an associative theory, according to which the nature of one's political obligations are determined through one's membership of 'a particular polity. Alongside fully updated chapters on theories such as anarchism, voluntarism and utilitarianism, this edition also includes new discussions of the Samaritan, 'joint commitment' and pluralist theories of political obligation.

Review of the previous edition:

"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

Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Problems of Political Obligationp. 1
Political obligation in contextp. 2
One problem or many?p. 5
Political philosophy, theory, justification and explanationp. 7
Theorizing political obligationp. 11
Conclusionp. 15
Voluntarist Theoriesp. 18
Voluntarism and political obligationp. 19
Consentp. 27
Political obligation and consentp. 32
The limits of voluntarismp. 41
Conclusionp. 49
Teleological Theoriesp. 51
The structure and forms of utilitarianismp. 54
Utilitarianism and political obligationp. 60
Hare's utilitarian account of political obligationp. 63
Political obligation and the common goodp. 69
Conclusionp. 76
Deontological Theoriesp. 78
Hypothetical consentp. 80
Fairness and political obligationp. 86
Natural duty, gratitude and samaritanismp. 96
Rawls's duty to uphold just institutionsp. 100
Conclusionp. 105
Anarchism: Political and Philosophicalp. 106
Anarchism and political obligationp. 106
Individualist anarchismp. 113
Communal anarchismp. 116
Philosophical anarchismp. 121
Philosophical anarchism and the polityp. 131
Conclusionp. 133
Associative Political Obligation and its Criticsp. 135
Pluralist theoriesp. 136
The conceptual argumentp. 138
Introducing associative obligationsp. 146
Gilbert's plural subject theoryp. 151
Simmons's critique of associative communitarianismp. 156
Conclusionp. 165
Elaborating the Associative Theoryp. 167
The sense of political obligationp. 169
Groups, membership and the good of a polityp. 173
Identity, polity and political obligationp. 180
Political obligation, authority and obediencep. 188
Conclusionp. 191
Conclusionp. 192
Why political obligation mattersp. 193
Philosophy and political obligationp. 195
Guide to Further Readingp. 199
Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 212
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ISBN: 9780230576513
ISBN-10: 0230576516
Series: Issues in Political Theory
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 215
Published: 15th September 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.7  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised