The Obligation to Obey: Revision and Tradition


in Ethics in the Public Domain

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780198260691
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682148 | DOI:
The Obligation to Obey: Revision and Tradition

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This chapter attempts to clarify some misunderstandings regarding the obligation to obey. It is a belief that one is under an obligation to obey because the law is one's law, and the law of one's country. Obeying it is a way of expressing confidence and trust in its justice. The discussion suggests that an obligation to obey which is part of a duty of loyalty to the community is a semi-voluntary obligation, since one has no moral duty to identify with this community. Vindicating with an attitude of belonging does not establish the existence of general obligation to obey the law.

Keywords: political authority; revisionism; traditionalism; modern political theory; obligation

Chapter.  7286 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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