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Title: Towards a moral account of political obligation : the morality of law as foundation for the requirement to obey
Author: Zabaleta Marasescu, Dominique Alejandra
ISNI:       0000 0004 7970 1087
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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My thesis is concerned with the problem of political obligation, specifically with the issue of accounting for the moral requirement to obey the law of one's state. In it I first definitively demonstrate that we are at the end of justification of political obligation as we know it, insofar as the familiar paradigms purporting to account for this specific moral requirement are precluded from achieving their goal not only by whichever errors and inconsistencies are discoverable in each specific instantiation, but also by structural flaws that pervade and poison the justificatory strategies themselves; I therefore show that extant approaches not only fail but will always necessarily fail, because there is something wrong with the underlying logics that guide them. Secondly, in response to these observed failures, I propose an entirely novel justification I hold able to survive the charges that have crippled preceding arguments. This ability derives from the fact that, instead of focusing on extracting evidences of or from will, transactions, horizontal attachments or duties whose content is allegedly obedience, justification draws on the nature of the so far ignored third element of the special relationship of obedience - the law. My argument roots then obligation in the fact that law provides and regulates moral entitlements and responsibilities to citizens it traps into new moral relationships, with itself and each other.
Supervisor: Tebble, Adam James ; Douglass, Robin Andrew Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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