The Problem of Political Authority

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

  • Michael Huemer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. The Illusion of Authority

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  3. Society without Authority

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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 339-365

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

democracy logic morality violence

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Huemer
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  1. 1.University of ColoradoBoulderUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137281661
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-28165-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-28166-1
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