Green, Thomas Hill. Lectures on the Principles of Political Obligation. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1895. xxiv, 252 pp. Reprinted 2006 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584776147; ISBN-10: 1584776145. Hardcover. New. $80. * Reprint of the first edition. Roscoe Pound recommended this book in The Study of American Law for its discussion of legal rights, powers, liberties, privileges and liabilities (38). Green [1836-1882], Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford University, was one of the most influential philosophers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Lectures on the Principles of Political Obligations is his most important work. Its object is to demonstrate, on the basis of his general moral philosophy, the ethical position of the state, in particular the extent to which moral authority is justifiable and obedience to law morally obligatory. Extracted from Volume II of The Works of Thomas Hill Green (1885), it went on to become a standard textbook on political theory in Great Britain and the United States. A durable work, it is still cited today.
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