Liberal Rights and Responsibilities: Essays on Citizenship and Sovereignty

2014.05.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher Heath Wellman, Liberal Rights and Responsibilities: Essays on Citizenship and Sovereignty, Oxford University
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2014.05.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher Heath Wellman, Liberal Rights and Responsibilities: Essays on Citizenship and Sovereignty, Oxford University Press, 2014, 261pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199982189. Reviewed by Kristen Hessler, University at Albany, SUNY This is a collection of papers written by Christopher Heath Wellman over the last twenty years, including one written specifically for this volume, on a range of pivotal questions in political philosophy. As Wellman sees it, one important contribution of this collection is to show how a compelling and mutually supporting set of answers to a fairly wide range of problems in political philosophy can be grounded in a consistent and "relatively modest" set of normative commitments (2). The first two essays defend the normative individualism characteristic of liberal political theory against associative views, which maintain that relational ties are "morally. . .

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