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Disobedience

STUART P GREEN

in Lying, Cheating, and Stealing

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199225804
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191708411 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199225804.003.0011

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

Disobedience

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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

Chapter.  7499 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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