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date: 05 June 2020

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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.

Keywords: political authority, practical authority, Hobbes, Locke, political philosophy, individual freedom

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