Is There a Duty to Obey the Law?

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August 2005



The central question in political philosophy is whether political states have the right to coerce their constituents and whether citizens have a moral duty to obey the commands of their state. Christopher Heath Wellman and A. John Simmons defend opposing answers to this question. Wellman bases his argument on samaritan obligations to perform easy rescues, arguing that each of us has a moral duty to obey the law as his or her fair share of the communal samaritan chore of rescuing our compatriots from the perils of the state of nature. Simmons counters that this, and all other attempts to explain our duty to obey the law, fail. He defends a position of philosophical anarchism, the view that no existing state is legitimate and that there is no strong moral presumption in favor of obedience to, or compliance with, any existing state.


1. Why I am not an anarchist; 2. Is there a duty to obey the law?


"Both participants have played important parts in the debate over political obligation...and each is eminently qualified to represent his side in the narrower debate that takes place between the covers of their coauthored book...One conclusion seems absolutely clear: the book itself is a winner...Wellman and Simmons both deserve praise for the clarity of their writing and the rigor of their arguments, the result of which is a book that is simultaneously accessible to advanced undergraduates and "must reading" for political philosophers with an interest in the problem of political obligation." Richard Dagger, Arizona State University, Ethics
EAN: 9780521537841
ISBN: 0521537843
Untertitel: 'For and Against'. black & white illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2005
Seitenanzahl: 216 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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