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POLS 237 (10)
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How can coercion legitimately be imposed onto persons?

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Department
Political Studies
Course
POLS 237
Professor
Neil Hibbert
Semester
Winter

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POLS 237 2011-01-10 How can coercion legitimately be imposed onto persons? - Natural subordination. Ruling or being ruled is part of a certain type of relationship. - Hobbes is first political theorist grappling with theory. - A liberal begins by ruling out consensus. o Idea of consent  Legitimate authority only flows from consent from those who are subjected to that authority. - First articulation of consent. o Consent plays a central role in Locke’s political theory. o Locke’s consent is the only basis in which a government can obtain authority. o Reasonable rejection  Could this law be rejected by a free, logical and reasonable person?!  Actual consent also raises other problems  Raises possibility of giving ordinary citizens a veto  Everyone can consent to a theocracy?  Most consent theorists reject actual consent as a requirement of legitimacy, which has a watershed effect of watering down consent, r
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