Wertheimer attempts to move beyond previous theories of coercion by conducting a fairly extensive survey of the way in which cases involving coercion have been treated by American courts. This impressive project occupies the first half of the book, where he makes a convincing case that there is a fairly unified 'theory of coercion' at work in adjudication, past and present. This legal theory, however, is not entirely adequate for the purposes of social and political philosophy, and the last half of the book develops Wertheimer's more comprehensive philosophical theory.
Originally published in 1988.
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"Since that essay [Robert Nozick's 'Coercion'], there has been a steadily growing literature on coercion, a literature that on the leading issue has divided itself into two types of theories. In one camp are those who view coercion as an empirical or descriptive concept . . . ; in the other camp we find proponents of the position that coercion is a normative or moralized concept. . . . In Coercion, Alan Wertheimer sets forth what must now be considered the most detailed and defensible version of the normative position."--Stuart D. Warner, Ethics
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