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Unformatted text preview: Notes for Wolff, 46-55 Anarchism If social contract theories are untenable (because it is not possible to conclusively establish the relevant kind of consent in the real world), then we might be tempted to endorse philosophical anarchism—the view that the state is illegitimate. -Radical version: Our only reason for obeying the state is a prudence (avoiding punishment). -Moderate version: We have independent moral reasons to obey some laws, but no reasons stemming solely from the fact that it is the law This looks good up to a certain point, since it allows us to easily explain why we don’t have to obey unjust laws. But “it is not so easy to saw what this moral limit should be.” -If we follow this kind of thinking to its ultimate conclusion, we end up back in the kind of chaotic state of nature that we form the state to avoid. -If we agree that the state of nature is not tenable, then philosophical anarchism begins to look like “a very dangerous example of moral self- indulgence” -Protesting that people are still capable of perceiving independent moral obligations in the absence of a state won’t work. obligations in the absence of a state won’t work....
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2012 for the course PHIL 02 taught by Professor Toñoramirez during the Winter '11 term at DeAnza College.
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