A. John Simmons is one of our most distinguished theorists of political obligation. His early book Moral Principles and Political Obligations (Princeton University Press, 1979) set the standard for philosophical writing about what we owe to the state in the way of support for its institutions and obedience to its laws, and he pursued this same theme in Justification and Legitimacy: Essays on Rights and Obligations (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and in his contribution to Is There a Duty to Obey the Law? For and Against (Cambridge University Press, 2005). Simmons has also contributed greatly to our understanding of the analytic workings of John Locke's political philosophy in his books The Lockean Theory of Rights (Princeton University Press, 1992) and On the Edge of Anarchy: Locke, Consent, and the Limits of Society (Princeton University Press, 1993).

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