Obligation to Obey the Law: A Study of the Death of Socrates
24 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2010
Date Written: November 15, 2010
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.
Keywords: Socrates, estoppel, law and ethics, ethical obligation to obey law
JEL Classification: K10, K19, K30, K39
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