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A Duty to Resist: When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil

Candice Delmas


What are our responsibilities in the face of injustice? Many philosophers argue for what is called political obligation—the duty to obey the law of nearly just, legitimate states. Even proponents of civil disobedience generally hold that, given this moral duty, breaking the law requires justification. By contrast, activists from Henry David Thoreau to the Movement for Black Lives have long recognized a responsibility to resist injustice. Taking seriously this activism, this book wrestles with the problem of political obligation in real world societies that harbor injustice. It argues that the ... More

Keywords: political obligation, resistance, injustice, civil disobedience, uncivil disobedience, activism, fairness, duty of justice, associative duties, Samaritan duty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190872199
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190872199.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Candice Delmas, author
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Political Science and Associate Director of the Politics, Northeastern University