The Myth of Civil Disobedience

Praxis International, pp. 287-304, 1989

Erasmus Working Paper Series on Jurisprudence and Socio-legal Studies No. 10-04

19 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2010 Last revised: 14 Jun 2012

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Wibren van der Burg

Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

Date Written: August 30, 2010

Abstract

This paper critiques the 'ruling' Rawlsian theory of civil disobedience. The theory is rejected because of its irrelevant and/or unsound assumption of a 'social contract'. Instead, an approach must be taken which does not assume one general political obligation. A more appropriate model is one which asserts the (possibility) and existence of various conditional reasons for obedience. Precisely these various reasons are critically analysed in this paper. In a final section this alternate approach is applied to disobedience performed by government officials and politicians.

Keywords: civil disobedience, Rawls, social contract

Suggested Citation

van der Burg, Wibren, The Myth of Civil Disobedience (August 30, 2010). Praxis International, pp. 287-304, 1989; Erasmus Working Paper Series on Jurisprudence and Socio-legal Studies No. 10-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1668557

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