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The Authority of Law and the Sovereignty of the State

The Authority of Law and the Sovereignty of the State Pettit, The State 215 Scott, James C. (2017) Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, New Haven CT: Yale University Press. Williams, Bernard (1985) Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy, Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press. Williams, Bernard (2002) Truth and Truthfulness: An Essay in Genealogy, Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press. DOI: 10.3366/jspp.2023.0058 MIGUEL VATTER Deakin University Philip Pettit’s new book on the state brings a welcome shift of interest within neorepublican discourse away from its initial preoccupations with the concepts of freedom and justice, and towards the nature of the state and of law. It also signals an important evolution in his thinking towards a positive revaluation of sovereignty, on which I shall focus in my comments. For the republican tradition there is no more basic distinction than that between the rule of persons and the rule of law. As a republican, one is required to privilege the latter over the former. Functionally, one can think of this distinction in terms of the difference between a constitution and a government. The modern state poses a problem for republicanism because it emerged as a hybrid formation of both the rule of persons (in so far as national http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Social and Political Philosophy Edinburgh University Press

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Edinburgh University Press
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2752-7514
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10.3366/jspp.2023.0059
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Pettit, The State 215 Scott, James C. (2017) Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, New Haven CT: Yale University Press. Williams, Bernard (1985) Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy, Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press. Williams, Bernard (2002) Truth and Truthfulness: An Essay in Genealogy, Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press. DOI: 10.3366/jspp.2023.0058 MIGUEL VATTER Deakin University Philip Pettit’s new book on the state brings a welcome shift of interest within neorepublican discourse away from its initial preoccupations with the concepts of freedom and justice, and towards the nature of the state and of law. It also signals an important evolution in his thinking towards a positive revaluation of sovereignty, on which I shall focus in my comments. For the republican tradition there is no more basic distinction than that between the rule of persons and the rule of law. As a republican, one is required to privilege the latter over the former. Functionally, one can think of this distinction in terms of the difference between a constitution and a government. The modern state poses a problem for republicanism because it emerged as a hybrid formation of both the rule of persons (in so far as national

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Journal of Social and Political PhilosophyEdinburgh University Press

Published: Aug 1, 2023

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