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On Political Obligation$
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Judith N. Shklar, Samantha Ashenden, and Andreas Hess

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300214994

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300214994.001.0001

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The Positive State

The Positive State

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(p.129) Lecture 15: The Positive State
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On Political Obligation
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Judith N. Shklar

, Samantha Ashenden, Andreas Hess
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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300214994.003.0012

In this chapter Shklar identifies the problems that arise with the development of industrial capitalism. She traces the emergence of social obligations to fellow citizens and the new concerns this raised, paying particular attention to the way the English idealist T.H. Green addressed these issues. She discusses the thinking behind the new welfare state and the rising popularity of social norms and obligations, often also expressed in terms of “the common good,” “positive rights,” and “the obligation to be just.”

Keywords:   industrial capitalism, English idealism, common good, positive rights, social obligations

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