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This article analyzes the concept of authority. It discusses Hobbes's and Locke's theories of practical authority. It briefly compares consent- and nonconsent-based accounts of political authority and then discusses the ways in which political authority might be thought to be potentially in conflict with individual freedom.
A. John Simmons is Commonwealth Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law at the University of Virginia.
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