An introduction to Philosophy
The history of political thought is the history of the attempts over the centuries to answer the question: 'Why should I obey the state?'
Answers have ranged from:
The pragmatic - 'Because if I don't they will cut my head off'
To the theological - 'Because it is God's will'
From the contractual - 'Because the state and I have a deal'
To the metaphysical - 'Because the state is the actuality of the ethical idea'
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