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Authority

Anthony Simon Laden

in Reasoning

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199606191
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741081 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606191.003.0003
Authority

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The authority of reason is often understood as the right to rule or command by drawing an analogy between the authority of reason and the authority of democratic law. This chapter argues for a broader understanding of the possible forms authority can take, and in particular for a contrast between the authority of command and the authority of connection. The authority of connection is described as the right to call for a response, and as mutual, reciprocal, forward-looking, distributed and capable of continuing our conversations. The activity of reasoning that the social picture described constructs the authority of connection rather than the authority of command.

Keywords: authority; command; legislation; law; democratic; reciprocity; hierarchy; credential; capacity; normative environment

Chapter.  12899 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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