Arbitrariness and Social Conventions

Frank Lovett

in A General Theory of Domination and Justice

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579419
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722837 | DOI:
 							Arbitrariness and Social Conventions

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This chapter considers and rejects hegemony and other form‐based conceptions of domination. It defends instead an arbitrary power conception, according to which one person or group experienced domination to the extent that it is dependent on a social relationship in which some other person or group wields arbitrary power over them. The idea of arbitrariness is analyzed with the aid of a discussion of social conventions. Democratic and other substantive interpretations of arbitrariness are rejected in favor of a procedural interpretation.

Keywords: arbitrariness; arbitrary power; social conventions; hegemony

Chapter.  17318 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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