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On Political Obligation

Judith N. Shklar, Samantha Ashenden (Editor), Andreas Hess (Editor)


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A compelling set of lectures on political obligation that contributes to ongoing debates in political theory and intellectual history
This stimulating collection of lectures by the late Judith Shklar on political obligation is paired with a scholarly introduction that offers an overview of her life, illuminates the connections among her teaching, research, and publications, and explains why her lectures still resonate with us and contribute to current debates in political theory and intellectual history.

Praise For On Political Obligation

"A new book by Judith Shklar, a quarter century after her death? To their credit, Samantha Ashenden and Andreas Hess found her last set of lectures on political obligation from the Greeks to the present in the archives, and have produced a wonderful edition. Shklar’s admirers can rejoice at the chance to enroll in her unforgettable course."—Samuel Moyn, author of Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World

"I can hear Dita talking in these lectures—her combination of wisdom and common sense, her impatience with foolishness, and her democratic invitation to students. You too, she says, can know all this if you just work very hard."—Michael Walzer, author of A Foreign Policy for the Left

Yale University Press, 9780300214994, 264pp.

Publication Date: March 26, 2019

About the Author

Judith N. Shklar was the John Cowles Professor of Government at Harvard University and the author of The Faces of Injustice.Samantha Ashenden is senior lecturer in the Department of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. Andreas Hess is professor of sociology at University College Dublin.