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The Problem of Political Authority

An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey

Authors: Huemer, Michael

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The state is often ascribed a special sort of authority, one that obliges citizens to obey its commands and entitles the state to enforce those commands through threats of violence. This book argues that this notion is a moral illusion: no one has ever possessed that sort of authority.

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Michael Huemer is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, where he has worked since 1998. He is the author of Skepticism and the Veil of Perception and Ethical Intuitionism , as well as more than 40 articles in ethics, epistemology, political philosophy, and metaphysics.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • The Problem of Political Authority

    Pages 3-19

    Huemer, Michael

  • The Traditional Social Contract Theory

    Pages 20-35

    Huemer, Michael

  • The Hypothetical Social Contract Theory

    Pages 36-58

    Huemer, Michael

  • The Authority of Democracy

    Pages 59-80

    Huemer, Michael

  • Consequentialism and Fairness

    Pages 81-100

    Huemer, Michael

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Problem of Political Authority
Book Subtitle
An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-28166-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137281661
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-28164-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-28165-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 365
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