Is There a Duty to Obey the Law?
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Is There a Duty to Obey the Law? by Christopher Wellman
Book DescriptionThe 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. In this 2005 book, 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521830973
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christopher Wellman
Is There a Duty to Obey the Law?, Paperback (August 2005)
This 2005 book discusses whether there is a duty to obey the law and the state.
Companion to Applied Ethics, Paperback (January 2005)
Applied or practical ethics is perhaps the largest growth area in philosophy, and many issues in moral, social, and political life have come under philosophical scrutiny in years. This title offers a guide to many significant problems of practical ethics. It offers accounts of issues in medical, environmental, legal, social, and business ethics.
Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics, Hardback (November 2004)» View all books by Christopher Wellman
Features debates eleven controversial issues in applied ethics. This book addresses topics that include abortion, affirmative action, animals, capital punishment, cloning, euthanasia, immigration, pornography, privacy in civil society, values in nature, and world hunger.
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