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Justification and Legitimacy: Essays on Rights and Obligations

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A. John SimmonsUniversity of Virginia

ISBN13: 9780521790161
ISBN: 0521790166
Published: October 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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A. John Simmons is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and creative of today's political philosophers. His work on political obligation is regarded as definitive and he is also internationally respected as an interpreter of John Locke. The characteristic features of clear argumentation and careful scholarship that have been hallmarks of his philosophy are everywhere evident in this collection. The essays focus on the problems of political obligation and state legitimacy as well as on historical theories of property and justice. Cumulatively the collection presents a distinctive social and political philosophy, exploring the nature of our most fundamental rights and obligations, and displaying the power and plausibility of Lockean ideal theory.

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1. The principle of fair play
2. Fair play and political obligation: twenty years later
3. The obligations of citizens and the justification of conscription
4. Associative political obligations
5. External justifications and institutional roles
6. Philosophical anarchism
7. Justification and legitimacy
8. 'Denisons' and 'Aliens': Locke's problem of political consent
9. Human rights and world citizenship: the universality of Human Rights in Kant and Locke
10. Original-acquisition justifications of private property
11. Historical rights and fair shares
12. Makers' rights.