Obligation to Obey the Law: A Study of the Death of Socrates
Northwestern University - School of Law
November 15, 2010
Southern California Law Review, Vol. 49, 1976
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-82
Do we have an obligation to obey any law, no matter how unjust or evil, provided only that it is in fact a valid rule of the legal system in which we happen to be physically located? Reassessment of the relation between law and ethics justifies a new look at the classic statement of legal obligation: the death of Socrates found in the dialogues of Plato. Three possible bases for an ethical obligation to obey the law are examined.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: Socrates, estoppel, law and ethics, ethical obligation to obey law
JEL Classification: K10, K19, K30, K39Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 19, 2010
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