For and Against the State: New Philosophical Readings

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 1996 - Philosophy - 297 pages
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Is government justified? This perennial question is central to political philosophy and has never been more alive than at the present time, in the midst of continuing political and social upheaval worldwide. This collection of new essays by thirteen philosophers addresses questions of political authority in light of recent work in political theory. Whether supporters or critics of the state, the authors make their arguments using up-to-date analytical tools, such as game and decision theory, and the hindsight provided by modern history. For and Against the State will be an important collection for students of philosophy, politics, economics, and history.
  

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Contents

Who Believes in Political Obligation?
1
Philosophical Anarchism
19
Why Even Morally Perfect People Would Need Government
41
MarketAnarchy Liberty and Pluralism
63
Justifying the State
81
Anarchism and Skepticism
99
Games Anarchy and the Nonnecessity of the State
119
SelfContradictory Contractarianism
137
The Rights of Chickens Rational Foundations for Libertarianism?
171
The Anarchists Case
195
The State and War Making
217
Anarchy and Efficient Law
235
The State of Statelessness
255
Index
289
About the Contributors
295
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John T. Sanders is professor of philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Jan Narveson is professor of philosophy at the University of Waterloo.

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