Book: The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey

“This book addresses the foundational problem of political philosophy: The problem of accounting for the authority of government. This authority has always struck me as puzzling and problematic. Why should 535 people in Washington be entitled to issue commands to 300 million others? And why should the others obey? These questions, as I argue in the following pages, have no satisfactory answers.”


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