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Lying, Cheating, and StealingA Moral Theory of White-Collar Crime$
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Stuart P. Green

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199225804

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199225804.001.0001

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(p.114) 10 Disobedience
Lying, Cheating, and Stealing


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Having considered the concepts of cheating, deception, stealing, coercion, exploitation, disloyalty, and promise-breaking, the discussion now turns to the final moral norm, that against disobedience. This is undoubtedly the most controversial of the moral norms that we are considering and many are skeptical that disobedience to the law is a form of moral wrongfulness in the first place, let alone the kind that should justify penal sanctions. This chapter dispels some of this skepticism and makes the case that disobedience to the law is a potentially relevant consideration in assessing the moral content of certain white-collar and regulatory crimes.

Keywords:   criminal law, disobedience, white-collar crime

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