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Legitimacy: The Right to Rule in a Wanton World

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2020.06.33 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Arthur Isak Applbaum, Legitimacy: The Right to Rule in a Wanton World, Harvard University Press, 2019, 294pp., $39.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674983465. Reviewed by David Lefkowitz, University of Richmond At a minimum, a legitimate government enjoys a moral right to rule its citizens. This seemingly simply claim raises a host of complicated questions. How should we understand the idea of a right to rule? What conditions must a government satisfy in order to possess a right to rule, and why does it doing so have this moral implication? Where legitimate governments do not already exist, how may they be founded? Arthur Isak Applbaum offers intriguing and sometimes counter-intuitive answers to each of these questions. Applbaum maintains that A legitimately governs B "only if A's governance of B realizes and protects B's freedom over time, and this is the case only when A is a free group agent that counts a... Read More

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