Political Society as a Voluntary Association

Michael Otsuka

in Libertarianism without Inequality

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199243952
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598142 | DOI:
 Political Society as a Voluntary Association

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Offers a reconstruction of John Locke's voluntaristic theory of legitimate political authority with the aim of overcoming the following two problems with tacit consent via residence: that it fails to bind either because it is unfreely given or because it is offered in circumstances of inequality. Builds on the author's defence in Ch. 1 of an egalitarian version of the Lockean proviso to remedy these problems and endorses a highly voluntaristic, pluralistic, and decentralized account of legitimate political authority.

Keywords: equality; freedom; legitimate political authority; Lockean proviso; pluralism; political society; tacit consent; voluntarism; voluntary association

Chapter.  12376 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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