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The State and the Citizen An Introduction to Political Philosophy

By J. D. Mabbott Copyright 1948
    178 Pages
    by Routledge

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    First published in 1948, The State and the Citizen traces the development of the idea of the State as the ultimate source of authority. The author then proceeds to suggest the proper ends and limitation of State action. He analyses the conceptions of State unity and corporate loyalty and ends with a discussion on the relations between States and other associations, and between one State and another. This short and lucid introduction to political philosophy is an essential read for students and scholars of political philosophy, philosophy, and political studies.

    Preface Part I: From Hobbes to Hegel 1. The use of authorities 2. Hobbes 3. Locke 4. Rousseau 5. Hegel and the Hegelians Part II: The Limits of State Action 6. The theories limiting State action 7. Natural Rights and the Liberty of the Individual 8. The immorality of compulsion 9. Non- political values in moral action Part III: The Place of the State 10. The State as a centre of sympathy and co-operation 11. The ends for which political organisation is necessary or desirable 12. The State and other associations 13. The State and other States Part IV: The Unity of the State 14. The General Will and the Corporate Self 15. The basis of State unity Appendix: Political philosophy and the social sciences Index


    J. D. Mabbott