Occam's Razor and Non-Voluntarist Accounts of Political Authority

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Certain non-voluntarists have recently defended political authority by advancing views with a two-fold structure. First, they argue that the state, or the law, is best (or uniquely) capable of accomplishing something important. Second, they defend a substantive normative principle on which being so situated is sufficient for de jure authority. Widely accepted tenets undermine all such views.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-173
Number of pages15
JournalDialogue-Canadian Philosophical Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • Occam's Razor
  • Samaritanism
  • non-voluntarist
  • normative consent
  • philosophical anarchism
  • political authority

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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