The Original Original Position?

Check out this passage from William Godwin’s Political Justice, from 1793:

The two great questions upon which the theory of government depends are: Upon what foundation can political authority with the greatest propriety rest? and, What are the considerations which bind us to political obedience? Having entered at length into the first of these questions, it is time that we should proceed to the examination of the second.

One of the most popular theories, relative to the foundation of political authority, we have seen to be that of an original contract, affirming that the criterion of political justice is to be found in the conventions and rules which have been adjusted by the community at large. In pursuance of this original position, the same theorists have necessarily gone on and affirmed that the true source of obligation to political obedience was to be found in the same principle, and that, in obeying a government regularly constituted, we did nothing more than perform our engagements.

Maybe our blog is named after the wrong political theorist!

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2 Responses to The Original Original Position?

  1. Nates says:

    Plus, Godwin was a radical anarchist, so it adds some hipster-cred to the blog. Which is nice.

  2. David says:

    What do you mean? I had always assumed our blog was named after Godwin. đŸ™‚

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