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

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

by Christopher Wellman, John Simmons
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521537841
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Series:
For and Against Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
666,674
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

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Table of Contents

ISamaritanism and the duty to obey the law
1Why I am not an anarchist3
2Doing one's fair share30
3Just and unjust laws54
4Confronting injustice74
IIThe duty to obey and our natural moral duties
5The problem and its significance93
6The theories102
7Natural duties and the duty to obey the law121
8Conclusions189

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