On Political Obligation Judith N. Shklar, Samantha Ashenden, Andreas Hess

Publication date:
14 May 2019
Yale University Press
264 pages: 235 x 156 x 21mm
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A compelling set of lectures on political obligation that contributes to ongoing debates in political theory and intellectual history
This stimulating collection of lectures by the late Judith Shklar on political obligation is paired with a scholarly introduction that offers an overview of her life, illuminates the connections among her teaching, research, and publications, and explains why her lectures still resonate with us and contribute to current debates in political theory and intellectual history.

Judith N. Shklar was the John Cowles Professor of Government at Harvard University and the author of The Faces of Injustice.Samantha Ashenden is senior lecturer in the Department of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. Andreas Hess is professor of sociology at University College Dublin.

OnPolitical Obligation will be of interest to anyone working on the topic, regardless of their level of familiarity with Shklar’s work. It is a fine primer on her thought and will likely leave readers new to Shklar desiring to read more of her academic writings.”—Christopher R. Hallenbrook, Contemporary Political Theory journal

"A new book by Judith Shklar, a quarter century after her death? To their credit, Samantha Ashenden and Andreas Hess found her last set of lectures on political obligation from the Greeks to the present in the archives, and have produced a wonderful edition. Shklar’s admirers can rejoice at the chance to enroll in her unforgettable course."—Samuel Moyn, author of Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World

"I can hear Dita talking in these lectures—her combination of wisdom and common sense, her impatience with foolishness, and her democratic invitation to students. You too, she says, can know all this if you just work very hard."—Michael Walzer, author of A Foreign Policy for the Left