Why You Should Be a Law-Abiding Anarchist (Except When You Shouldn't)

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Heidi M. Hurd

University of Illinois College of Law

Date Written: February 1, 2005

Abstract

In this Article, Professor Hurd emphasizes that the rationality of following any given rule resides in one's confidence that one is acting on the balance of reasons for action - including the good reasons for following the rule - and not at all in the fact that there is a rule. This means that if there are are weightier reasons to break the rule than to abide by it, all reasons for rule-following considered, the fact that one is breaking a rule is no more significant than would be the breaking of a stick. The author lists some reasons that make clear that the anarchist's fundamental refusal to substitute rules for her own judgment is fully compatible with, and indeed largely dictates, a life that rarely runs amok of the law.

Suggested Citation

Hurd, Heidi M., Why You Should Be a Law-Abiding Anarchist (Except When You Shouldn't) (February 1, 2005). San Diego Law Review, Vol. 42, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2612090

Heidi M. Hurd (Contact Author)

University of Illinois College of Law ( email )

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