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An Essay on the Modern State
Preface 1. Introduction 2. The modern state 3. Social order in anarchy 4. Legitimacy 5. Reasons 6. Justice 7. Sovereignty 8. Boundaries 9. The functions of governments 10. States: pretenses, powers,
Punishment and Loss of Moral Standing
  • C. W. Morris
  • Law
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy
  • 1 February 1991
When any man, even in political society, renders himself by his crimes obnoxious to the public, he is punished by the laws in his goods and person; that is, the ordinary rules of justice are, with
The social contract theorists : critical essays on Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau
This book discusses Hobbes' War of All against All, Locke's State of Nature, and a possible Explanation of Rousseau's General Will.
The Very Idea of Popular Sovereignty: “We the People” Reconsidered*
  • C. W. Morris
  • Philosophy
    Social Philosophy and Policy
  • 1 December 2000
The sovereignty of the people, it is widely said, is the foundation of modern democracy. The truth of this claim depends on the plausibility of attributing sovereignty to “the people” in the first
  • C. W. Morris
  • Law, Political Science
    Social Philosophy and Policy
  • 14 December 2011
Abstract State power is widely thought to be coercive. The view that governments must wield force or that their power is necessarily coercive is widespread in contemporary political thought. John