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Ethics by Y. V. Satyanarayana

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The Justification of Civil Disobedience

Civil disobedience, in recent times, has been a central issue in the field of political philosophy. Civil disobedience, as a form of political action, is closely connected to the problem of political obligation. The most important moral question concerned with the problem of political obligation relates to the limits of obedience of a citizen owed to the state. The problem of political obligation raises questions such as:

  1. Why does the citizen have a duty to obey the laws of the state?
  2. To what extent does the citizen have an obligation to obey the laws of the state?
  3. What are the limits of state authority?
  4. Is the citizen of a state under any obligation to obey the unjust laws of the state?
  5. When and under ...

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