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Department
Humanities
Course
HUMA 1825
Professor
Shirley Katz
Semester
Fall

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OUTLINE FOR LECTUREThe Theory and Practice of Civil DisobedienceJohn Rawls and Martin Luther King Jr March 12 2012Professor KatzINTRODUCTIONThird segment of the course on civil disobedience and moral objections to the law materials thereofMeaning of civilThe theory has as its context a liberal democratic state only The theory does not apply in a totalitarian dictatorial regimePRIOR BACKGROUND QUESTION WHY DO WE OBEY THE LAWThree justifications for obeying the lawConceptualobligation comes from the legality of the law not its moral contentConsequentialistto avoid dangerous social consequences Contractualobligation comes from a preexisting social contractSocial contract theory Socrates in Platos CritoThomas Hobbes 15881679 LeviathanJohn Locke 16321704 Second Treatise on Civil GovernmentTHEORIES OF OBLIGATION AND LEGAL THEORIES NATURAL LAW LEGAL POSITIVISMNote that there is no simple correspondence between theories of obligation and the two major theories of law that we have examined natural law and legal positivism1
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