A Duty to Resist

A Duty to Resist

Author: Candice Delmas

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0197531318

Category: Philosophy

Page: 312

View: 437

Download Now
What are our responsibilities in the face of injustice? How far should we go to fight it? Many would argue that as long as a state is nearly just, citizens have a moral duty to obey the law. Proponents of civil disobedience generally hold that, given this moral duty, a person needs a solid justification to break the law. But activists from Henry David Thoreau and Mohandas Gandhi to the Movement for Black Lives have long recognized that there are times when, rather than having a duty to obey the law, we have a duty to disobey it. Taking seriously the history of this activism, A Duty to Resist wrestles with the problem of political obligation in real world societies that harbor injustice. Candice Delmas argues that the duty of justice, the principle of fairness, the Samaritan duty, and political association impose responsibility to resist under conditions of injustice. We must expand political obligation to include a duty to resist unjust laws and social conditions even in legitimate states. For Delmas, this duty to resist demands principled disobedience, and such disobedience need not always be civil. At times, covert, violent, evasive, or offensive acts of lawbreaking can be justified, even required. Delmas defends the viability and necessity of illegal assistance to undocumented migrants, leaks of classified information, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, sabotage, armed self-defense, guerrilla art, and other modes of resistance. There are limits: principle alone does not justify law breaking. But uncivil disobedience can sometimes be not only permissible but required in the effort to resist injustice.
A Duty to Resist
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Candice Delmas
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-05 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

What are our responsibilities in the face of injustice? How far should we go to fight it? Many would argue that as long as a state is nearly just, citizens have a moral duty to obey the law. Proponents of civil disobedience generally hold that, given this moral duty, a
Is There a Duty to Obey the Law?
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Christopher Wellman, John Simmons, Commonwealth Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law A John Simmons
Categories: Law
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-07-25 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Discusses whether there is a duty to obey the law and the state.
The Duty to Obey the Law
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: William Atkins Edmundson
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

The question, 'Why should I obey the law?' introduces a contemporary puzzle that is as old as philosophy itself. The puzzle is especially troublesome if we think of cases in which breaking the law is not otherwise wrongful, and in which the chances of getting caught are negligible. Philosophers from
Sex, Love, and Gender
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Helga Varden
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-05-27 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Sex, Love, and Gender is the first volume to present a comprehensive philosophical theory that brings together all of Kant's practical philosophy — found across his works on ethics, justice, anthropology, history, and religion — and provide a critique of emotionally healthy and morally permissible sexual, loving, gendered being. By
The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments
Language: en
Pages: 768
Authors: Peter Catapano, Simon Critchley
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-12-07 - Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

A timeless volume to be read and treasured, The Stone Reader provides an unparalleled overview of contemporary philosophy. Once solely the province of ivory-tower professors and college classrooms, contemporary philosophy was finally emancipated from its academic closet in 2010, when The Stone was launched in The New York Times. First