In Pursuit of a Theory of Political Obligation

Margaret Gilbert

in A Theory of Political Obligation

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780199274956
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603976 | DOI:
 In Pursuit of a Theory of Political Obligation

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This chapter argues that a fully satisfactory theory of political obligation will pass certain tests. It will offer an affirmative answer to the membership problem and, among other things, it will show how membership in a political society gives one obligations to uphold that society’s political institutions. There are discussions of A. John Simmons’s ‘generality test’ and of some broad notions of membership: membership through residence and imputed membership.

Keywords: generality test; imputed membership; membership problem; political institution; political obligation; political society; A. John Simmons

Chapter.  5620 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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