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Playing Fair: Political Obligation and the Problems of Punishment

Richard Dagger


Is there a general obligation to obey the laws of a reasonably just polity? Is there any justification for imposing suffering, in the form of punishment, on those who break the law? Political and legal philosophers have long debated these vexing questions, but the debates typically have taken up each question in isolation. Playing Fair, however, treats the two questions as intertwined and provides affirmative answers to both—answers grounded, in both cases, in the principle of fair play. According to this principle, those who are engaged in a mutually beneficial cooperative practice or enterpr ... More

Keywords: cooperative practice, political obligation, polity, principle of fair play, punishment, rule of law

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199388837
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199388837.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Dagger, author
University of Richmond

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