I had the good fortune to present versions of this paper at seminars in Auckland, Canberra, Edinburgh, Krakow, and Melbourne. I am grateful to the audiences on those occasions as well as to several others for their discussion of it. For especially helpful comments, I thank Zenon Bankowski, Emilios Christdoulidis, Jonathan Crowe, Patrick Emerton, Jim Evans, and, for his commentary at the seminar in Melbourne in addition to his earlier feedback, Dale Smith. I am also indebted to the journal's referees for their reports.
The Particularities of Legitimacy: John Simmons on Political Obligation
Article first published online: 24 FEB 2013
© 2013 The Author. Ratio Juris © 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 1–15, March 2013
How to Cite
Walton, K. (2013), The Particularities of Legitimacy: John Simmons on Political Obligation. Ratio Juris, 26: 1–15. doi: 10.1111/raju.12000
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 24 FEB 2013
In this paper, I examine the terms on which John Simmons rejects all arguments for a moral obligation to obey the law and so defends “philosophical anarchism.” Although I accept his rejection of several criteria on which others might and often do insist, I criticize his reliance on the conditions of “generality” and “particularity.” In doing so, I propose an alternative to his influential conception of legitimacy.