A Philosophical Theory of Citizenship

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 162 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739120409
  • 9780739120408
  • 2,107,386

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A fresh new argument, thoughtful, subtle,and persuasive, on a concern as old as Aristotle: the nature of citizenship. -- Isaac Kramnick, Cornell Universityshow more

About Steven J. Wulf

Steven J. Wulf is assistant professor of government at Lawrence University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Preface and Acknowledgments Chapter 3 1 Introduction Chapter 4 2 Inadequate Theories Chapter 5 3 Reality and Coherent Conduct Chapter 6 4 The Self and its Obligations Chapter 7 5 Political Authority and its Limits Chapter 8 6 The Best Political Community Chapter 9 7 International Justice Chapter 10 8 Conclusions and Applications Chapter 11 Bibliography Chapter 12 Indexshow more

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