The Authority of the State
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Clarendon Press (1990)
The modern state claims supreme authority over the lives of all its citizens. Drawing together political philosophy, jurisprudence, and public choice theory, this book forces the reader to reconsider some basic assumptions about the authority of the state. Various popular and influential theories - conventionalism, contractarianism, and communitarianism - are assessed by the author and found to fail. Leslie Green argues that only the consent of the governed can justify the state's claims to authority. While he denies that there is a general obligation to obey the law, he nonetheless rejects philosophical anarchism and defends civility - the willingness to tolerate some imperfection in institutions - as a political virtue.
|Keywords||authority, state, law, social contract, communitarianism, consent, political obligation|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Dorota Mokrosińska (2013). What is Political About Political Obligation? A Neglected Lesson From Consent Theory. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 16 (1):88-108.
François Tanguay-Renaud (2013). Criminalizing the State. Criminal Law and Philosophy 7 (2):255-284.
Kenneth Ehrenberg (2011). Joseph Raz's Theory of Authority. Philosophy Compass 6 (12):884-894.
François Tanguay-Renaud (2010). The Intelligibility of Extralegal State Action: A General Lesson for Debates on Public Emergencies and Legality. Legal Theory 16 (3):161-189.
Kevin Walton (2013). The Particularities of Legitimacy: John Simmons on Political Obligation. Ratio Juris 26 (1):1-15.
Similar books and articles
William A. Edmundson (1998). Legitimate Authority Without Political Obligation. Law and Philosophy 17 (1):43 - 60.
William A. Edmundson (2010). Political Authority, Moral Powers and the Intrinsic Value of Obedience. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 30 (1):179-191.
Kevin Thompson (2001). Kant's Transcendental Deduction of Political Authority. Kant-Studien 92 (1):62-78.
Reidar Maliks (2013). Kant, the State, and Revolution. Kantian Review 18 (1):29-47.
David Lefkowitz (2004). Legitimate Political Authority and the Duty of Those Subject to It: A Critique of Edmundson. Law and Philosophy 23 (4):399 - 435.
Michael Philips (1986). The Justification of Punishment and the Justification of Political Authority. Law and Philosophy 5 (3):393 - 416.
Kyla Ebels-Duggan (2009). Moral Community: Escaping the Ethical State of Nature. Philosophers' Imprint 9 (8).
Fabienne Peter, Political Legitimacy. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Maarten Wisse (2000). The Meaning of the Authority of the Bible. Religious Studies 36 (4):473-487.
Nevil Johnson (1989). The Authority of the State By Leslie Green Oxford University Press, 1988, 273 Pp., £27.50. [REVIEW] Philosophy 64 (250):566-.
A. Walton (2009). Justice, Authority, and the World Order. Journal of Global Ethics 5 (3):215 – 230.
Rodney Bruce Hall & Thomas J. Biersteker (eds.) (2002). The Emergence of Private Authority in Global Governance. Cambridge University Press.
Philip Soper (2002). The Ethics of Deference: Learning From Law's Morals. Cambridge University Press.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2012-01-31
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?