Social and Political Philosophy

  • Calvin Pinchin


In this chapter we are going to examine the nature of political obligation and the origin of the state. We are going to ask why there should be laws and why they should be obeyed. We shall also examine different images of society to see what light they cast on the concepts of freedom and authority.


Human Nature Political Philosophy Social Contract Absolute Power Social Contract Theory 
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    J. W. Allen, History of Political Thought in the Sixteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 1966 ), p. 436.Google Scholar
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    Jean Jacques Rousseau, Political Writings (C. E. Vaughan, 1915 ), pp. 305–6.Google Scholar
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    See Rousseau, Social Contract ( Everyman, 1930 ) I, V.Google Scholar
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    See J. R. Lucas, Democracy and Participation (Penguin, 1976 ).Google Scholar
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    Benjamin Gibbs, Freedom and Liberation (Sussex University Press, 1976), p. 100.Google Scholar
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    K. R. Popper, The Open Society and its Enemies, vol. II (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1962 ).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Calvin Pinchin
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  1. 1.Deganwy, N. WalesUK

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