Tag Archives: Collective Action

On Ownership of Territory and ‘Taking Back Control’

A Leave-voting friend who read my post last week emailed me some questions: “You say we don’t own our national territory, but an awful lot of people feel they want to, and in a democracy that means there is the risk–and … Continue reading

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Against the Social Contract

It’s typically thought that a contract agreed to under duress is void. Philosophers who have seen the basis of political obligations as something like a contract, therefore, have had to suppose, explicitly or implicitly, that people are not ‘under duress’ … Continue reading

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The Liar Paradox, the Prisoner’s Dilemma, and the Concept of Political Authority

Most students of philosophy will be familiar with ‘the liar paradox‘, which in its simplest form goes: “this sentence is false”. Other versions might include someone who always lies saying “I am currently lying”, or similar. Is the sentence false? … Continue reading

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