A rationalist theory of legitimacy
In this thesis, I argue for rationalism, the claim that political legitimacy should be distributed such that justice is promoted best.
In chapter 1, I define legitimacy as the permission to rule. I deny that political institutions generally enjoy authority, which is the moral power to directly impose duties on others. I then describe how legitimate political institutions without authority are possible in principle.
In the second chapter, I outline a major problem fo...Expand abstract
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