Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/13413
Title: Two Concepts of Consent in Locke’s Political Theory
Authors: Layman, Daniel M.
Keywords: Lockeconsentfreedomgeneral willRousseau
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Daniel M. Layman, "Two Concepts of Consent in Locke’s Political Theory", in: "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2016) XVIII/2", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2016, pp. 111-132
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
(2016) XVIII/2
Abstract: Locke is famous for arguing—by most accounts unsuccessfully—both that many people have political obligations, and that political obligation depends on freely chosen, deliberate acts of individual consent. My aim here is not to resuscitate this feature of Locke’s thought. Rather, it is to show how and why Locke develops another, largely unnoticed line of reasoning about political consent. According to this direction of thought, political consent is not a discrete act that precedes consensual political relationships, but rather a dimension of ongoing political activity in cooperation with others. Such consent, which I will call ‘participatory consent,’ matters not because political life is morally optional, but because it is a necessary condition of freedom from arbitrary power within political society. This alternative picture of political consent, though not without its difficulties, fairs significantly better than the conception of political consent on which most Locke scholars have long focused.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/13413
ISSN: 1825-5167
Appears in Collections:Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2016) XVIII/2

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
EP_5.pdf193.66 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
Show full item record


CORE Recommender

Page view(s)

96
Last Week
1
Last month
checked on Oct 16, 2018

Download(s)

53
checked on Oct 16, 2018

Google ScholarTM

Check


This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons