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Of the Measures of Allegiance

Jonathan Harrison

in Hume's Theory of Justice

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780198246190
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680946 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246190.003.0009
Of the Measures of Allegiance

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This chapter discusses the following: (1) Obedience to the government not an all-or-nothing affair. (2) The natural obligation, unlike the moral obligation, to obey the government will vary from one person to another. Circumstances in which obligation is permissible or obligatory. (3) The social contract explanation of why we sometimes do not have a duty to obey the government is incorrect. Hume's own explanation. (4) Exceptions to rules of justice concerning property and promise-keeping. (5) Whether a government may be resisted because it encroaches upon individual freedom. Why and to what extent freedom is valuable. (6) Hume's argument from the consensus of opinion.

Keywords: government; obedience; obligations; social contract; justice; property; promise-keeping; freedom

Chapter.  3594 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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