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Democratic Equality$
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James Lindley Wilson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691190914

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691190914.001.0001

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Democratic Authority and Appropriate Consideration

Democratic Authority and Appropriate Consideration

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(p.96) Chapter Four Democratic Authority and Appropriate Consideration
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Democratic Equality
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James Lindley Wilson

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691190914.003.0005

This chapter explains what it is to have authority in general, and why authority claims are the relevant subject matter of a theory of political equality. This requires a different conception of authority from that often used by political philosophers when discussing a different species of authority—that is, the authority of a state or government over its citizens. The conception of authority must recognize diverse ways in which one can obligate others to deliberate and act in response to one's own judgments about what to do. The chapter then introduces claims to consideration as constituting a form of authority of this flexible kind, and describes the different forms consideration can take. It then illustrates why people should see a demand for consideration as an appropriate expression of citizens' authority, or as a form of respect for citizens' political jurisdiction.

Keywords:   authority, political equality, consideration, citizens, political jurisdiction

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