Published Online: 1 FEB 2013
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The International Encyclopedia of Ethics
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Brand, J. 2013. Civil Disobedience. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .
- Published Online: 1 FEB 2013
Civil disobedience is a form of civil resistance involving deliberate lawbreaking under special conditions. Defining “civil disobedience” has proven controversial, although there are widely recognized paradigm cases (see below). Civil disobedience raises many philosophical questions. This essay addresses two. First, what is it? Second, under what conditions, if any, is it morally justified?
- legal and political;
- practical (applied) ethics;
- civil rights;
- duty and obligation;