Synopses & Reviews
All civilized societies share a common desire for internal order and security. For this reason, among others, moral codes and legal structures are developed to give form to social belief systems, to regulate interpersonal relations, and to promulgate ideals of appropriate behavior. But what should society or individuals do when the compelling dictates of personal conscience conflict strongly with statutory law? Can the morality of some be visited upon the rest of society by giving it the authority and power of law? Are there principles that go beyond legal jurisdiction to justify acts of civil disobedience? Is it right to violate the laws of society when they are opposed to personal moral convictions?
Few questions have had a more compelling effect on the history and future of the human community. For this reason the editors have brought together a fascinating collection of essays by some of the most astute minds in law and philosophy to grapple with the tough issues facing Morality and the Law.
Contributors include Hugo A. Bedau, Charles L. Black, Jr., Patrick Devlin, Joel Feinberg, Erich Fromm, H.L.A. Hart, Leon Jaworski, John Rawls, Peter Singer, and Rudolph Weingartner.
About the Author
Robert M. Baird (Waco, TX) is a professor and chair of the Philosophy Department at Baylor University.
Stuart E. Rosenbaum is a professor of philosophy and director of graduate studies in philosophy at Baylor University. He is the editor of Pragmatism and Religion.
Table of Contents
The enforcement of morals / Patrick Devlin -- The legal enforcement of morality / H.L.A. Hart -- Immorality and treason / H.L.A. Hart -- Hard cases for the harm principle / Joel Feinberg -- On civil disobedience / Hugo A. Bedau -- The United States faces today a serious threat to her continued existence as a free people / Leon Jaworski -- Disobedience as a psychological and moral problem / Erich Fromm -- Justifying civil disobedience / Rudolph J. Weingartner -- The problem of the compatibility of civil disobedience with American institutions of government / Charles L. Black, Jr. -- The obligation to obey the law / John Rawls -- Rawls and civil disobedience / Peter Singer.