Boundaries of Authority

2016.12.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews A. John Simmons, Boundaries of Authority, Oxford University Press, 2016, 263pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190603489. Reviewed
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2016.12.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews A. John Simmons, Boundaries of Authority, Oxford University Press, 2016, 263pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190603489. Reviewed by Anna Stilz, Princeton University Well-known for his critique of political obligation and for his work on John Locke, A. John Simmons has in recent years written critically -- and illuminatingly -- on Rawlsian and Kantian political philosophy. His new book argues that this tradition lacks the resources to theorize the boundaries of the sovereign state: it cannot offer a plausible account of how a state might legitimately assert rule over a particular population and territory, and control its natural resources and borders. Simmons presents a Lockean voluntarist theory he claims can do better when compared not only to Kantian/Rawlsian approaches, but also to nationalist and "plebiscitary" competitors. (It is worth noting that since there are two chapters addressing distinct issues of. . .

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