A Philosophical Theory of Citizenship: Obligation, Authority, and Membership

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Lexington Books, 2008 - Law - 151 pages
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Why should we obey the law? Why should we willingly sacrifice life, liberty, and property to preserve our political community? Which laws are authorized? Which exceed government's authority? What kind of community merits our allegiance today? What do we owe fellow citizens, prospective immigrants, and foreign communities? A Philosophical Theory of Citizenship addresses these and other seminal questions about legal obligation, government authority, and political community. It rejects contemporary political philosophy's anti-foundational conventions by building its arguments from the ground up on an innovative, idiomatic theory of reality, ethical conduct, and the self. It employs this theory to provide scholars and students with a concise, wide-ranging defense of patriotic duty, classical liberty, and national sovereignty.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Inadequate Theories
11
Reality and Coherent Conduct
27
The Self and its Obligations
39
Political Authority and its Limits
59
The Best Political Community
87
International Justice
111
Conclusions and Applications
135
Works Cited
141
Index
147
About the Author
151
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Steven J. Wulf is assistant professor of government at Lawrence University.

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