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Morality and Political Obligation

Andres Rosler

in Political Authority and Obligation in Aristotle

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199251506
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602306 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251509.003.0005

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies Series

 Morality and Political Obligation

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Since in this study political obligation is conceived of as a moral requirement to comply with the dictates of political authority, the notion of morality and/or moral obligation should be fairly attributable to Aristotle. The claim is here defended that although his ethical theory does not hinge precisely on the concept of moral duty, there is no question that it does contain the idea. Finally, having seen that something akin to the notion of political obligation appears in Aristotle’s politics and having assumed that moral ‘duty’ and ‘obligation’ are fairly interchangeable terms, at the end of the chapter we shall dwell on some of their differences when brought to bear on the issue of political allegiance in Aristotle.

Keywords: duty; Hume; Kant; morality; obligation; political obligation; practical reason

Chapter.  14717 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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