An Analysis of the Fair Play Theory of Political Obligation

Dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara (1997)

Essentially, I examine in my dissertation whether a Kloskovian version of the fair play theory of political obligation meets the conditions on a successful theory which both Klosko and Simmons agree on. Roughly, these conditions require a theory to have the consequences that a large-enough number of people in a political community come to have obligations to it ; that a person comes to be obligated to one political community more than to any other if he falls under obligation ; and that a person comes to be obligated to the political community just in case he falls under the scope of the principle employed by the theory . ;I arrive at this fairness theory by first establishing the existence of political obligations of the members of a political community, formulating a version of the fair play principle which most philosophers in the field would agree on, and applying this version to political cases with a view to explaining the moral basis of the political obligations whose existence was earlier established. I then show how this fairness theory of political obligation satisfies these conditions in various degrees, concluding that only Generality is satisfied
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,178
External links

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.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles


Added to PP index

Total views

Recent downloads (6 months)

How can I increase my downloads?


Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

My notes