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On Political Obligation

Judith N. Shklar, Samantha Ashenden, and Andreas Hess


The lectures that comprise this book are a reminder of the legacy and a demonstration of the promise of a critical assessment and evaluation of political obligation. Shklar shows that the crucial questions that any political activist, any reflective citizen, and any existing or aspiring polity should raise are as pertinent today as they were in the past, despite their function and nature having changed over time. The book discusses the practical choices, dilemmas, compromises, risks, and dangers that are the result of the tensions that arise whenever the notions of obligation and loyalty are f ... More

Keywords: political obligation, conscience, liberty, loyalty, obedience, disobedience, exile

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780300214994
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300214994.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith N. Shklar, author
Harvard University

Samantha Ashenden, editor
Birkbeck College, University of London

Andreas Hess, editor
University College Dublin

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