Is There a Duty to Obey the Law? / Edition 1

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Overview

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. Concentrating especially on refuting Natural Duty accounts of the duty to obey, he ultimately defends the view that there is no strong moral presumption in favor of obedience to or compliance with any existing state.
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“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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521537841
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2005
  • Series: For and Against Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 843,845
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

I Samaritanism and the duty to obey the law
1 Why I am not an anarchist 3
2 Doing one's fair share 30
3 Just and unjust laws 54
4 Confronting injustice 74
II The duty to obey and our natural moral duties
5 The problem and its significance 93
6 The theories 102
7 Natural duties and the duty to obey the law 121
8 Conclusions 189
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