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Liberal Rights and Responsibilities: Essays on Citizenship and Sovereignty

Christopher Heath Wellman


The twin questions at the heart of political philosophy are “Why may the state forcibly impose itself on its constituents?” and “Why must citizens obey the state’s commands?” This collection of eleven essays offers original responses to these fundamental questions and then, building upon these answers, defends a number of distinctive positions concerning the rights and responsibilities individual citizens, separatist groups, and political states have regarding one another. The first four chapters combine to critically discuss standard theories of political obligation and then to introduce We ... More

Keywords: liberalism, samaritanism, associativism, political legitimacy, political obligation, political self-determination, secession, immigration, freedom of association, rights forfeiture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199982189
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982189.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Heath Wellman, author
Washington University in St. Louis