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Three Anarchical Fallacies
An Essay on Political Authority

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law

  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521037518

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  • How is a legitimate state possible? Obedience, coercion, and intrusion are three ideas that seem inseparable from all government and seem to render state authority presumptively illegitimate. This book exposes three fallacies inspired by these ideas and in doing so challenges assumptions shared by liberals, libertarians, cultural conservatives, moderates, and Marxists. In three clear and tightly-argued essays William Edmundson dispels these fallacies and shows that living in a just state remains a worthy ideal. This is an important book for all philosophers, political scientists, and legal theorists as well as readers interested in the views of Rawls, Dworkin, and Nozick, many of whose central ideas are subjected to rigorous critique.

    • Provocative book critiquing some of the central ideas of such influential thinkers as Rawls, Nozick and Dworkin
    • Will interest philosophers, political scientists and legal theorists
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    "...the review cannot convey the impressive combination of clarity, care, precision, focus, detail and conciseness with which Edmundson develops his arguments. Three Anarchical Fallacies is a very good work of philosophical analysis in my opinion." Ethics

    "A marvelous book." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521037518
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.323kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Fallacious Argument from the Failure of Political Obligation:
    1. Legitimacy and the duty to obey
    2. The correlativity thesis
    3. Legitimate political authority
    Part II. The 'Law is Coercive' Fallacy:
    4. The concept of coercion
    5. Political theory without coercion
    6. Coercion Redivivus
    Part III. The Inner Sphere of Privacy Fallacy:
    7. The private sphere
    8. The moral and the social
    9. The social and the political
    Conclusion: the state for what?

  • Author

    William A. Edmundson, Georgia State University

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