State of the Art: The Duty to Obey the Law

Posted: 19 Jun 2008

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William A. Edmundson

Georgia State University College of Law

Date Written: 2004


This "state of the art" piece critically surveys the recent literature on political obligation, a/k/a the duty to obey the law. Authors discussed include Joseph Raz, John Simmons, Leslie Green, George Klosko, Christopher Wellman, Jeremy Waldron, Philip Soper, Mark Murphy, Margaret Gilbert, Ronald Dworkin, Michael Hardimon, and A.D.M. Walker. Not-so-recent writings by John Rawls, Robert Nozick, and H.L.A. Hart also come into the discussion.

Keywords: duty to obey the law, political obligation, authority, legal authority, political authority

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Edmundson, William A., State of the Art: The Duty to Obey the Law (2004). Legal Theory, Vol. 10, pp. 215-59, 2004, Available at SSRN:

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