SJ Beard delivered a series of lectures on the theme of Political Obligation to undergraduates in philosophy at the University of Cambridge.
Lecture 1: Classical Social Contract Theory
Lecture 2: From Classical to Hypothetical Social Contract Theory
Lecture 2 explored David Hume's objections to classical social contract theory in more detail, distinguished between three different ways in which people can consent to a social contract and introduced the hypothetical social contract theory of John Rawls. Philosophers discussed include David Hume, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jaques Rousseau and John Rawls.
Lecture 3: Natural Duty and Fair Play Theories
Lecture 3 explored the Natural Duty and Fair Play justifications for our political obligations. Philosophers discussed include John Rawls, Anna Stiltz, Allan Buchanan, H. L. A. Hart and George Kloskow
Lecture 4: Anarchism
Lecture 4 explored Philosophical Anarchism - the view that we have no political obligation to obey the law. Philosophers discussed include William Godwin, Pyotr Kropotkin, Robert Wolff and John Simmons.