Just Laws versus Unjust Laws: Asserting the Morality of Civil Disobedience

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Forji , A G 2010 , ' Just Laws versus Unjust Laws: Asserting the Morality of Civil Disobedience ' , Journal of Politics and Law , vol. 3 , no. 2 , pp. 156 .

Title: Just Laws versus Unjust Laws: Asserting the Morality of Civil Disobedience
Author: Forji, Amin George
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law
Date: 2010
Language: eng
Number of pages: 170
Belongs to series: Journal of Politics and Law
ISSN: 1913-9047
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/157879
Abstract: How is a citizen living under a merciless totalitarianism such as the Nazi but opposed to its philosophies expected to respond to the law? Where does his primary obligation as a citizen reside? Is it to the laws of the land that command total submission or to his convictions by which he is convinced that the system is totally unjust? Does one have a moral obligation to always obey the law? Conversely, should one obey an unjust law? Obviously, such an individual like Antigone in ancient Greece is naturally torn between two loyalties. (Note 1)If he obeys the law, he would be guilty of knowingly aiding to sustain an unjust system. If he follows his moral judgment and violate the law, he would be charged with the penalty stipulated in the law.
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