A Right to Dissent? II.

Joseph Raz

in The authority of law

Published in print August 1979 | ISBN: 9780198253457
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681400 | DOI:
A Right to Dissent? II.

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This chapter discusses another form of dissent and individual autonomy: the conscientious objection. While civil disobedience is a political act designed to change public policies, conscientious objection is a public act, or acts, designed to protect the agent from interference by the public authority. The discussion in the chapter explores in a general way various considerations for and against the right to conscientious objection, including various alternative solutions to such a right. Topics discussed include conscience and the respect for the autonomy of a person, conscience within the context of the purpose of law, and freedom of conscience and the right to object.

Keywords: dissent; individual autonomy; conscientious objection; right; conscience; respect; freedom; objection

Chapter.  5761 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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