Civil Disobedience, Moral Authority and Law
Management and Security Studies, SIM University, Singapore
- Corresponding Author:
- Leopold RA
Associate Professor, Management and Security Studies
SIM University, Singapore
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: October 23, 2015 Accepted Date: November 13, 2015 Published Date: November 19, 2015
Citation: Leopold RA (2015) Civil Disobedience, Moral Authority and Law. Arts Social Sci J 6:137. doi:10.4172/2151-6200.1000137
Copyright: © 2015 Leopold RA. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Civil disobedience is the violation of law in public that does not result in the loss of life or damage to property. The aim of civil disobedience is political change. John Rawls, Jurgen Habermas, Richard Rorty and Sheldon Wolin have separately differentiated civil disobedience; nevertheless they emphasize the “civil” dimension of civil disobedience over the “disobedience” one. This paper interrogates the “disobedience” dimension of civil disobedience and asks: (1) to what extent an individual may incite civil disobedience within a democratic state? And, (2) when does it become morally defensible to disobey a law? The paper reveals the Kantian associations, explains the relationship between morality and authority and moral authoritarianism, and analyses these concepts in terms of US law.