The Sovereignless State and Locke's Language of Obligation

@article{Scott2000TheSS,
  title={The Sovereignless State and Locke's Language of Obligation},
  author={John T. Scott},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2000},
  volume={94},
  pages={547 - 561}
}
  • John T. Scott
  • Published 1 September 2000
  • Law
  • American Political Science Review
Modern liberal states are founded on individual rights and popular sovereignty. These doctrines are conceptually and historically intertwined but are in theoretical and practical tension. Locke's political theory is a source for proponents of both doctrines, and the same tension that runs through modern liberal thought and practice can be found in his theory. Rather than define the state in terms of a single sovereign authority, Locke constructs a sovereignless commonwealth with several… 

Locke on the Moral Basis of International Relations

This article aims to focus analysis of Locke's theory of international relations away from the familiar discourse of sovereignty and natural law and toward a different discourse involving

The Rationality of Toleration Revisited or, Why Locke Thinks We Should Suffer Disagreement and Tolerate Division

Abstract Much of the confusion and debate surrounding the rational basis for Locke’s notion of toleration rests on the assumption that Locke seeks to convince a single, sovereign authority to

Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect

The international community is acutely aware of the consequences of not having an accepted norm of intervention. While many accept that the UN Security Council’s powers to intervene in matters

The Language of Liberty and Law: James Wilson on America's Written Constitution

Although contemporary Americans take it for granted that a “constitution” is a written document, written constitutions were almost unprecedented at America's founding. James Wilson, one of the most

Locke on Executive Power and Liberal Constitutionalism

  • L. Ward
  • Law
    Canadian Journal of Political Science
  • 2005
Abstract. Locke's teaching on executive power is widely seen as one of the most problematic features of his constitutional theory. It is generally interpreted to be either an endorsement of

Liberalism and fear of violence

Liberal political thought is underwritten by an enduring fear of civil and state violence. It is assumed within liberal thought that self‐interest characterises relations between individuals in civil

The Metamorphosis of Punishment in the Law of Nations

This dissertation examines the disappearance of punishment as a justification for interstate war in European political theory, and its rise as an individualized process applicable to what modern-day

Sovereignty and Privatizing the Military: An Institutional Explanation

Since the mid-1990s, almost all Western states have privatized military tasks, albeit to varying extents. The article addresses both aspects of the phenomenon: Why did Western states privatize

International criminal court and the question of sovereignty

Abstract Appalled by the increasing brutality and emboldened by the collapse of ideological barriers, international law now intends to cross the rubicon and reach out for criminals hiding behind the

Can the Prince Really Be Tamed? Executive Prerogative, Popular Apathy, and the Constitutional Frame in Locke's Second Treatise

Even as he recommends it as the extra-constitutional solution to the inefficiencies and insufficiencies of legislative constitutionalism, Locke's Second Treatise is far more aware of the dangers of

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 95 REFERENCES

Inalienable Rights and Locke's Argument for Limited Government: Political Implications of a Right to Suicide

  • G. Glenn
  • Philosophy
    The Journal of Politics
  • 1984
This essay argues, contrary to some interpretations, that Locke does indeed teach that men have inalienable rights, i.e., rights which they cannot irrevocably consent away even in civil society. This

The Unvarnished Doctrine: Locke, Liberalism, and the American Revolution

In The Unvarnished Doctrine, Steven M. Dworetz addresses two critical issues in contemporary thinking on the American Revolution - the ideological character of this event, and, more specifically, the

John Locke: Social Contract Versus Political Anthropology

In the Second Treatise, John Locke presents two stories about the development of political society: (1) the dramatic story of the state of nature and social contract; and (2) a more gradualist

Locke's Political Anthropology and Lockean Individualism

  • R. Grant
  • Philosophy
    The Journal of Politics
  • 1988
Locke's anthropological accounts do not depict isolated individuals whose behavior is governed by rational calculations of their interests. He is not an "atomistic" individualist; he acknowledges

I. Consent in the Political Theory of John Locke

It is widely agreed that the notion of consent plays a central role in the political theory which Locke sets out in the Two Treatises of Government. Professor Plamenatz, Mr Gough, Professor Kendall

Subjects and Sovereigns: the Grand Controversy over Legal Sovereignty in Stuart England . By C. C. Weston and J. R. Greenberg. Cambridge: The University Press, 1981. Pp. 430. £24.00.

This book is constructed around an exceptionally traditional teleology: the struggle for sovereignty. It relates the progressive triumph of English constitutionalists over Stuart monarchs' attempts

The Spirit of Modern Republicanism: The Moral Vision of the American Founders And the Philosophy of Locke

"The Spirit of Modern Republicanism" sets forth a radical reinterpretation of the foundations on which the American regime was constructed. Thomas L. Pangle argues that the Founders had a

Locke's State of Nature: Historical Fact or Moral Fiction?

  • R. Ashcraft
  • History
    American Political Science Review
  • 1968
For nearly two centuries, the mere mention of the “state of nature” was sufficient to provoke a controversy. Did the writer intend an historical reference or was he employing a fictional concept as a

Subjects and Sovereigns: The Grand Controversy over Legal Sovereignty in Stuart England

Preface 1. The shift in political thought 2. The keeper of the kingdom 3. The new age of political definition 4. That 'Poisonous Tenet' of co-ordination 5. The curious case of William Prynne 6. The

Democracy's Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy

Preface PART I: THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PROCEDURAL REPUBLIC 1. The Public Philosophy of Contemporary Liberalism 2. Rights and the Neutral State 3. Religious Liberty and Freedom of Speech 4. Privacy
...