Political Obligation

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  1. added 2019-01-31
    On the Claims of Unjust Institutions: Reciprocity, Justice and Noncompliance.Gabriel Wollner - 2018 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 18 (1):46-75.
    Just institutions have claims on us. There are two reasons for thinking that such claims are warranted. First, one may believe that we are under a natural duty of justice to support and further just institutions. If one believes that it matters whether institutions are just, one also has a reason, almost as a matter of consistency, to support and further just institutions. Second, one may believe that by enjoying the benefits brought about by cooperation through just institutions, one incurs (...)
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    Manipulation and the Grounds of Institutional Obligation: An Argument for International Equality.Ryan W. Davis - 2015 - Ethics and Global Politics 8 (1).
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    Representation and Obligation in Rawls' Social Contract Theory.Simon Cushing - 1998 - Southwest Philosophy Review 14 (1):47-54.
    The two justificatory roles of the social contract are establishing whether or not a state is legitimate simpliciter and establishing whether any particular individual is politically obligated to obey the dictates of its governing institutions. Rawls's theory is obviously designed to address the first role but less obviously the other. Rawls does offer a duty-based theory of political obligation that has been criticized by neo-Lockean A. John Simmons. I assess Simmons's criticisms and the possible responses that could be made to (...)
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    The Problem of Political Obligation: A Critical Analysis of Liberal TheoryPatemanCarole. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 1979. Pp. Xi, 205. [REVIEW]Richard Dagger - 1980 - Political Theory 8 (3):409-413.
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    The Shotgun Behind the Door: Liberalism and the Problem of Political Obligation. [REVIEW]Richard Dagger - 1977 - Political Theory 5 (1):133-136.
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    Ethics in Politics: The Rights and Obligations of Individual Political Agents.Emily Crookston, David Killoren & Jonathan Trerise (eds.) - 2017 - Routledge.
    Political ethics, a subfield of applied ethics, is concerned with normative questions about voters, politicians, lobbyists, and other individual political agents. Compared with other fields in applied ethics political ethics has not developed into an area of intense interest in academic philosophy. Debates over the main questions in political ethics occur in mainstream news, on social media, in living rooms and neighborhood bars, etc., but for the most part have not bled over into the pages of philosophy journals and books. (...)
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    On the Concept of Obligations.A. Berry Crawford - 1969 - Ethics 79 (4):316-319.
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    Burdens of Political Responsibility; Narrative and the Cultivation of Responsiveness.Danielle Celermajer - 2016 - Contemporary Political Theory 15 (1):e48-e51.
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    Rights and Duties in an Egalitarian Society.Joseph H. Carens - 1986 - Political Theory 14 (1):31-49.
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    Obedience, Conformity, and Deference.Kimberley Brownlee - 2004 - Res Publica 10 (3):267-274.
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    Does Obligation Diminish with Distance?Gillian Brock - 2005 - Ethics, Place and Environment 8 (1):3 – 20.
    Many people believe in what can be described as a 'concentric circles model of responsibilities to others' in which responsibilities are generally stronger to those physically or affectively closer to us - those who, on this model, occupy circles nearer to us. In particular, it is believed that we have special ties to compatriots and, moreover, that these ties entail stronger obligations than the obligations we have to non-compatriots. While I concede that our strongest obligations may generally be to those (...)
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    Willing Parents: A Voluntarist Account of Parental Role Obligations.Elizabeth Brake - 2010 - In David Archard & David Benatar (eds.), Procreation and Parenthood: The Ethics of Bearing and Rearing Children. Oxford University Press. pp. 151--77.
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    Common Wealth: The Language of Populism and the Practice of Democracy.Harry Chatten Boyte - 1988 - Dissertation, The Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities
    There is a crisis in conventional views of "politics-as-spectacle," a distant terrain on which others act, analyze and make decisions. In 1988, Jesse Jackson, especially, reintroduced into the mainstream different ideas of politics, suggesting an ongoing conversation about the "common ground" conveying older populist themes of citizen participation and public life as an arena of diversity, struggle, accountability and power. But "populism" itself remains a puzzle: how is it that populist-sounding appeals can have such radically different political outcomes? ;Common Wealth, (...)
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    Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J. On the United States.Joseph Betz - 2003 - Journal for Peace and Justice Studies 13 (2):125-141.
    Liberation theology's account of how Latin America's rich exploited the poor described things perfectly in El Salvador. On behalf of the crucified majority, Ellacurfa prophetically denounced, for over twenty years, the oppression of the crucifying oligarchy of El Salvador. This paper concerns a part of that denunciation, the part of it for which I, as a North American, as a citizen of the United States, have some responsibility.
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    Professor Hart on Rules of Obligation.Richard J. Bernstein - 1964 - Mind 73 (292):563-566.
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    Obligation and Disobedience: A Study of the Justification of Civil Disobedience in the Democratic State.Fred Robert Berger - 1969 - Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley
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    Ethics and Migration Crises.Alex Sager - 2018 - In Cecilia Menjívar, Marie Ruiz & Immanuel Ness (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Migration Crises. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 589-602.
    The topic of ethics and migration crises has two dimensions. First, there are questions in the ethics of representation. Media, pundits, and researchers frequently describe large-scale migration as a crisis with insufficient attention to the cogency of the crisis label or the ethical issues it raises. Second, migration crises give rise to duties not to deprive people of their rights to seek safety and asylum, to protect people deprived of their rights, and to aid migrants in crisis situations. There are (...)
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    The Obligation to Work.Lawrence C. Becker - 1980 - Ethics 91 (1):35-49.
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    The Obligation of a Judge to Apply the Law in a Functioning Democracy.Margaret Beazley - 2016 - The Australasian Catholic Record 93 (1):3.
    Beazley, Margaret Australia rightfully places itself amongst democratic countries governed by the rule of law. It is a tradition in which I hold a firm belief. An essential aspect of the rule of law is its non-arbitrary application, and its guarantee of equality before the law. When describing the rule of law, A. V. Dicey stated that the rule of law meant: the absolute supremacy or predominance of regular law as opposed to the influence of arbitrary power, and excludes the (...)
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    The Basis of Political Obedience.W. Macmahon Ball - 1932 - Australasian Journal of Psychology and Philosophy 10 (3):173-187.
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    Lon L. Fuller on Political Obligation.Kevin Walton - 2018 - American Journal of Jurisprudence 63 (2):175-188.
    In his debate with H.L.A. Hart, Lon L. Fuller criticizes legal positivism for its inability to account for the moral obligation to obey the law, an obligation in which he and, he thinks, most others, including legal positivists, believe. He assumes that his alternative conception of law is not similarly flawed. In this paper, I ask whether his assumption is warranted. My topic, therefore, is Fuller's contribution to the philosophical debate about “political obligation.” Participants in the debate have neglected his (...)
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    Lordship and Military Obligation in Anglo-Saxon England. [REVIEW]Bernard Bachrach - 1991 - Speculum 66 (1):109-111.
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    In Defense of Unfair Compromises.Fabian Wendt - forthcoming - Philosophical Studies:1-21.
    It seems natural to think that compromises ought to be fair. But it is false. In this paper, I argue that it is never a moral desideratum to reach fair compromises and that we are sometimes even morally obligated to try to establish unfair compromises. The most plausible conception of the fairness of compromises is David Gauthier’s principle of minimax relative concession. According to that principle, a compromise is fair when all parties make equal concessions relative to how much they (...)
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    Discounting, Jamieson's Trilemma and Representing the Future.Robin Attfield - 1997 - Kriterion - Journal of Philosophy 12 (1):24-32.
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    Moral Obligation. Edited by Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller, Jr., and Jeffrey Paul. (Cambridge UP, 2010. Pp. Xv + 345. Price £ 36.99.). [REVIEW]Norbert Anwander - 2012 - Philosophical Quarterly 62 (247):410-413.
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    False Idles: The Politics of the "Quiet Life".Eric Brown - 2008 - In Ryan Balot (ed.), A Companion to Greek and Roman Political Thought. Oxford, UK: pp. 485-500.
    The dominant Greek and Roman ideology held that the best human life required engaging in politics, on the grounds that the human good is shared, not private, and that the activities central to this shared good are those of traditional politics. This chapter surveys three ways in which philosophers challenged this ideology, defended a withdrawal from or transformation of traditional politics, and thus rethought what politics could be. Plato and Aristotle accept the ideology's two central commitments but insist that a (...)
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    Is Democracy Sufficient for Political Obligation?Kevin Walton - 2015 - Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 28 (2):425-442.
    This paper examines the apparently widespread belief that the democratic pedigree of a state implies a moral obligation to obey its laws. The analysis focuses on the work of Ronald Dworkin, who is, perhaps surprisingly, alone among theorists of democracy in claiming that those whom the law addresses are morally bound to obey it whenever it is democratic. From Dworkin’s expansive conception of democracy, political obligation follows. But democracy should not be construed so widely. Rather, it ought to be conceived (...)
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    Hobbes and Manu: The Ambiguous Relationship Between Rights and Obligations.Samuel Ajzenstat - 1993 - Social Philosophy Today 9:87-100.
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    Benefits, Intentions, and the Principle of Fairness.Idil Boran - 2006 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 36 (1):95-115.
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    There is No Human Right to Democracy. But May We Promote It Anyway?Matthew Lister - 2012 - Stanford Journal of International Law 48 (2):257.
    The idea of “promoting democracy” is one that goes in and out of favor. With the advent of the so-called “Arab Spring”, the idea of promoting democracy abroad has come up for discussion once again. Yet an important recent line of thinking about human rights, starting with John Rawls’s book The Law of Peoples, has held that there is no human right to democracy, and that nondemocratic states that respect human rights should be “beyond reproach” in the realm of international (...)
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    Citizenship, in the Immigration Context.Matthew Lister - 2010 - University of Maryland Law Review 70:175.
    Many international law scholars have begun to argue that the modern world is experiencing a "decline of citizenship," and that citizenship is no longer an important normative category. On the contrary, this paper argues that citizenship remains an important category and, consequently, one that implicates considerations of justice. I articulate and defend a "civic" notion of citizenship, one based explicitly on political values rather than shared demographic features like nationality, race, or culture. I use this premise to argue that a (...)
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    On (Not) Accepting the Punishment for Civil Disobedience.Piero Moraro - 2018 - Philosophical Quarterly 68 (272):503-520.
    Many believe that a citizen who engages in civil disobedience is not exempt from the sanctions that apply to standard law-breaking conduct. Since he is responsible for a deliberate breach of the law, he is also liable to punishment. Focusing on a conception of responsibility as answerability, I argue that a civil disobedient is responsible (i.e. answerable) to his fellows for the charges of wrongdoing, yet he is not liable to punishment merely for breaching the law. To support this claim, (...)
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    Iris Marion Young’s Conception of Political Responsibility.Alison M. Jaggar - 2007 - Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy 3 (1).
    In this brief comment I will explain the usefulness of Iris Young’s conception of political responsibility and then point out how it exemplifies the contributions of Young’s exceptional body of work.
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    Introduction: Symposium on Paul Gowder, the Rule of Law in the Real World.Matthew J. Lister - 2018 - St. Louis University Law Journal 62 (2):287-91.
    This is a short introduction to a book symposium on Paul Gowder's recent book, _The Rule of Law in thee Real World_ (Cambridge University Press, 2016). The book symposium will appear in the St. Luis University Law Journal, 62 St. Louis U. L.J., -- (2018), with commentaries on Gowder's book by colleen Murphy, Robin West, Chad Flanders, and Matthew Lister, along with replies by Paul Gowder.
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    On Obligation: Lyotard and Levinas.Hent de Vries - 1998 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 20 (2/1):83-112.
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    Hobbes on Resistance: Defying the Leviathan.Susanne Sreedhar - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
    Hobbes's political theory has traditionally been taken to be an endorsement of state power and a prescription for unconditional obedience to the sovereign's will. In this book, Susanne Sreedhar develops a novel interpretation of Hobbes's theory of political obligation and explores important cases where Hobbes claims that subjects have a right to disobey and resist state power, even when their lives are not directly threatened. Drawing attention to this broader set of rights, her comprehensive analysis of Hobbes's account of political (...)
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    Just Procedures with Controversial Outcomes: On the Grounds for Substantive Disputation Within a Procedural Theory of Justice.Emanuela Ceva - 2009 - Res Publica 15 (3):219-235.
    Acts of civil disobedience and conscientious objection provide valuable indications of the congruence of political outcomes with citizens’ conceptions of justice and the good. As their primary concern is substantive, their logic seems extraneous to procedural approaches to justice. Accordingly, it has often been argued that these latter condemn citizens to a ‘deaf-and-blind’ acceptance of the outcomes of agreed procedures. A closer analysis of such acts of contestation shall reveal that although, for proceduralism, the outcomes of just procedures cannot be (...)
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    Obligation and Consent - II.Hanna Pitkin - 1966 - American Political Science Review 60:39-52.
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    Obligation and Consent - I.Hanna Pitkin - 1965 - American Political Science Review 59:990-999.
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    Rethinking the Principle of Fair Play.Justin Tosi - 2018 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 4 (99):612-631.
    The principle of fair play is widely thought to require simply that costs and benefits be distributed fairly. This gloss on the principle, while not entirely inaccurate, has invited a host of popular objections based on misunderstandings about fair play. Central to many of these objections is a failure to treat the principle of fair play as a transactional principle—one that allocates special obligations and rights among persons as a result of their interactions. I offer an interpretation of the principle (...)
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    The Relational Conception of Practical Authority.N. P. Adams - 2018 - Law and Philosophy 37 (5):549-575.
    I argue for a new conception of practical authority based on an analysis of the relationship between authority and subject. Commands entail a demand for practical deference, which establishes a relationship of hierarchy and vulnerability that involves a variety of signals and commitments. In order for these signals and commitments to be justified, the subject must be under a preexisting duty, the authority’s commands must take precedence over the subject’s judgment regarding fulfillment of that duty, the authority must accept the (...)
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    The Democratic Legitimacy of Bias Crime Laws: Public Reason and the Political Process.Andrew Altman - 2001 - Law and Philosophy 20 (2):141-173.
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    Proceduralism, Judicial Review and the Refusal of Royal Assent.Yann Allard-Tremblay - 2013 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 33 (2):379-400.
    This article provides an exploration of the relationships between a procedural account of epistemic democracy, illegitimate laws and judicial review. I first explain how there can be illegitimate laws within a procedural account of democracy. I argue that even if democratic legitimacy is conceived procedurally, it does not imply that democracy could legitimately undermine itself or adopt grossly unjust laws. I then turn to the legitimacy of judicial review with regard to these illegitimate laws. I maintain that courts do not (...)
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    Thin Beats Fat yet Again – Conceptions of Democracy.James Allan - 2006 - Law and Philosophy 25 (5):533 - 559.
    An earlier version of this paper was presented in Sydney, Australia at the 2005 Australian Society of Legal Philosophy annual conference. The author wishes to thank all those who commented upon and criticized the paper. The author also wishes to thank two anonymous referees from this journal for their helpful suggestions.
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    Review Article. Procedural Fairness and the Duty of Respect.T. Allan - 1998 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 18 (3):497-516.
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    A Fair Play Account of Legitimate Political Authority.Justin Tosi - 2017 - Legal Theory 23 (1):55-67.
    There is an emerging consensus among political philosophers that state legitimacy involves something more than—or perhaps other than—political obligation. Yet the principle of fair play, which many take to be a promising basis for political obligation, has been largely absent from discussions of the revised conception of legitimacy. This paper shows how the principle of fair play can generate legitimate political authority by drawing on a neglected feature of the principle—its stipulation that members of a cooperative scheme must reciprocate specifically (...)
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    Institutional Legitimacy.N. P. Adams - 2018 - Journal of Political Philosophy:84-102.
    Political legitimacy is best understood as one type of a broader notion, which I call institutional legitimacy. An institution is legitimate in my sense when it has the right to function. The right to function correlates to a duty of non-interference. Understanding legitimacy in this way favorably contrasts with legitimacy understood in the traditional way, as the right to rule correlating to a duty of obedience. It helps unify our discourses of legitimacy across a wider range of practices, especially including (...)
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    In Defense of Content-Independence.N. P. Adams - 2017 - Legal Theory 23 (3):143-167.
    Discussions of political obligation and political authority have long focused on the idea that the commands of genuine authorities constitute content-independent reasons. Despite its centrality in these debates, the notion of content-independence is unclear and controversial, with some claiming that it is incoherent, useless, or increasingly irrelevant. I clarify content-independence by focusing on how reasons can depend on features of their source or container. I then solve the long-standing puzzle of whether the fact that laws can constitute content-independent reasons is (...)
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    Law's Claim of Legitimate Authority.Kenneth Einar Himma - 2001 - In Jules L. Coleman (ed.), Hart's Postscript: Essays on the Postscript to `the Concept of Law'. Oxford University Press.
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    Procedural Fairness and the Duty of Respect.Allan Trs - 1998 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 18 (3).
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