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A. John Simmons
A. JOHN SIMMONS (Ph.D., Cornell) is Commonwealth Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Law; Editor, Philosophy and Public Affairs; Editorial Board member, Social Theory and Practice. He specializes in political philosophy, ethics, history of moral and political theory, and philosophy of law.


Political Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2008)

"Patriotic Leadership", in The Values of Presidential Leadership (2007)

"Early Modern Theories of the State", in The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Philosophy (2006)

Is There a Duty to Obey the Law? For & Against
(with C. H. Wellman) (Cambridge, 2005)

"Consent Theory for Libertarians", Social Philosophy & Policy (2005)

Justification and Legitimacy: Essays on Rights and Obligations (Cambridge, 2001)

"On the Territorial Rights of States", Philosophical Issues (2001)

"Justification and Legitimacy", Ethics (1999)

"Associative Political Obligations", Ethics (1996)

On the Edge of Anarchy (Princeton, 1993)

The Lockean Theory of Rights (Princeton, 1992)

"The Principle of Fair Play" in Readings in Social and Political Philosophy (Oxford, 1986)

Moral Principles and Political Obligations (Princeton, 1979)

Editor of International Ethics (Princeton, 1985) and Punishment (Princeton, 1995)
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