Defence of the Realm: Conscription and Social Contract Theory
23 Pages Posted: 22 May 2014 Last revised: 25 Sep 2014
Date Written: 2014
The military instruments of liberal democratic societies mostly come in the shape of standing armies. This paper takes issue with this practice through brining into relief arguments within the tradition of social contract theory that insist that the defence of the public domain is an obligation of every citizen. The paper draws principally on the work of Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Rawls, and Michael Walzer.
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