A. John Simmons

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195376692
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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This article analyzes the concept of authority. It discusses Hobbes's and Locke's theories of practical authority. It briefly compares consent- and nonconsent-based accounts of political authority and then discusses the ways in which political authority might be thought to be potentially in conflict with individual freedom.

Keywords: political authority; practical authority; Hobbes; Locke; political philosophy; individual freedom

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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