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  • Plato And His Ideal State
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    One of the most influential minds in western philosophy is that of Plato. Plato lived from 422-347 B. C, was born into an aristocratic family in the city of Athens. He was a student of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle. Plato followed the basic ideas of Socrates, in which no laws are to be broken despite their relevance. He makes clear why laws should be followed and why disobedience to the law is rarely justified. Plato wrote a book called The Republic. It contains ideas about a society and c...
  • Human Race With An Act Of Disobedience
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    'Human history began with an act of disobedience, and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience. ' In the article by Erich Fromm 'Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem' the author discusses the positive and negative aspects of obedience and disobedience. This article was comprised in the early nineteen sixties when the Cuban missile crisis was still fresh on Americas minds According to Hebrew myth Adam and Eve started the human race with an act of disobedie...
  • King's Theorizing Of Just And Unjust Laws
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    There is a rich tradition in this country of civil disobedience. Nonviolent civil disobedience was a critical factor in gaining women the right to vote in the United States as well as the U.S. labor movement with striking effectiveness such as the Industrial Workers of the World, the Chicano community's URW grape and Lettuce boycotts... My understanding of civil disobedience was shaped by images of civil rights activists in the 1960's using passive resistance as a means to create pressure for ov...
  • Important To The Process Of Civil Disobedience
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    Civil Disobedience: An Essay Civil disobedience helps democracy because it provides a means to insure that which is just and that which is right will prevail. Democracy, founded on the principle of rule of the majority, cannot always insure that justice and rightness are maintained in the laws which guide it. As Thoreau (1849) assessed law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of the respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents on injustice. Furthermore, as Thoreau s...
  • Act Of Civil Disobedience
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    Because civil disobedience includes the violation laws, it is difficult to conclude whether an act is one of civil disobedience, or lawbreaking. During times of social strife- when a society is divided in opinion- there exists much controversy over whether or not certain acts of protest are qualified as civil disobedience. Within their definitions, the differences between civil disobedience and lawbreaking are clear. However, it is difficult to decipher whether a certain act is one of civil diso...
  • Dworkin's And Habermas's Approach To Civil Disobedience
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    Critically evaluate Dworkin's and Habermas's approach to civil disobedience. The following essay will attempt to evaluate the approach taken by Dworkin and Habermas on their views of civil disobedience. The two main pieces of literature referred to will be Dworkin's paper on 'Civil Disobedience and Nuclear Protest'# and Habermas's paper on 'Civil Disobedience: Litmus Test for the Democratic Constitutional State. ' # An outline of both Dworkin's and Habermas's approach will be given, further disc...
  • Civil Rights Movement
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    The progress toward equal rights for blacks in the U.S. has been going on for over two hundred years. Since the first colonists settled in the Americas, slaves were a common piece of property. This identity as property was reinforced when the United States Constitution counted slaves as 3/5 of a human. After the civil war, a series of laws and the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth amendments tried to set all citizens on the same level. Unfortunately, as a result of Ples sy vs. Ferguson, Jim C...
  • My Reverence For The Gods
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    Antigone: Civil Disobedience The short play, Antigone, was written in 441 B.C. by the Greek playwright Sophocles. It deals with some of the most basic problems that affect a society. One of them is Civil Disobedience. Civil Disobedience both a right and responsibility of a person to fight an unjust law. Government is given the right to control a group of people by the people composing the group. If an individual has a problem with an injustice they feel has been placed against them, then they ha...
  • Violence In Civil Disobedience
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    "An Eye for an Eye. Does it make the World Blind?" In 1963, as protest to the authoritarian regime of President Ngo Dinh Diem, Buddhist monks began to go to public places in Vietnam and commit suicide, by drenching themselves in gasoline and setting themselves on fire. They did this as an act of civil disobedience, defined as an act of defiance of specific laws or policies of a formal structure which the individual or group believes to be unjust. The Buddhist civilization in Vietnam was not appa...
  • Philosophy Of Mohandas Gandhi
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    Civil disobedience and passive resistance was morally superior to all other types of resistance to unjust laws. The philosophy of Mohandas Gandhi did not incite violence and was the safest and best way to resolve and abolish unjust laws. An example of this can be found in the incident at the Dharassana Salt Works, a British factory. The aspects of his philosophy were all peaceful and did not incite violence. The aspects were civil disobedience, live simply and serve others. The most important of...
  • Crito And Civil Disobedience
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    Having read both Crito and Civil Disobedience there are several conspicuous similarities as well as notable differences. Both of these documents deal with the government and how the people should view it. However, in Crito, Socrates is more devoted to the government and would uphold its decisions even if it cost him his life. Thoreau on the other hand believes that the government is not always right and it is up to the people to criticize it so that it can be improved. Both of these essays were ...
  • Civil Disobedience Causes Disrespect For Laws
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    People have different morals, values and beliefs on certain issues but it is those few that take action who can testify why they would risk their freedom for what they believe. The act of civil disobedience is acted upon to draw public awareness and take a stand for what one believes. They must believe strongly enough to put their freedom on the line. Civil disobedience helped us learn from the past, question the present and improve the future. There are many people who have taken a stand and in...
  • Truth And Justice Civil Disobedience
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    Satyagraha (civil disobedience) Gandhi's belief in a non-violent march for liberation was a key factor in creating the Indian State free of foreign occupation. His determination of patience and peace approach eventually subdued the deterrence force from creating chaos and other mishaps that usually occurs in other forms of anti movements. The historical event widely known as Satyagraha; Gandhi had coined proved to be more conducive to nonviolent results. The term Satyagraha derived from two-lett...
  • Very Serious Act Of Disobedience
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    The essay "Disobedience as a psychological and a moral problem" by Erich Fromm is exactly what the title says it is. He is trying to uncover why human life throughout centuries, acted the way that they did towards one another, and towards their outlook on life. He states in his essay the throughout centuries people all over the world say that obedience is a virtue and disobedience is a vice, and if this wasn't the case, then there would be no laws, morals, or regulations towards anything. But th...
  • Martin Luther Kings View On Civil Disobedience
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    The term civil disobedience means "refusal to obey civil laws in an effort to induce change in governmental policy or legislation, characterized by nonviolent means", theories on this term have been around for a long time. (American Heritage Dictionary 3rd Edition pg 161) People like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. have took up and preached their own theories on civil disobedience. The two have there own reasons why to practice civil disobedience but there view on it is in similar mann...
  • Unjust Law
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    Are we morally obliged to obey unjust laws? Do we have to follow a law regardless of how unfair, unjust, or immoral it may be? The only reason that these laws must be followed are because they are the law. But if your " re caught in a situation were the "unjust" law needs to be broken would you create civil disobedience and take a stand for what you believe in? An unjust law according to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is "Any law that degrades human personality is unjust."An unjust law is a code tha...
  • Civil Disobedience
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    Antigone A crucial question in Antigone is, ? When someone makes a law that is known by the public to be morally wrong, should the public break his / her law? Or should they collaborate with that person by obeying? Antigone felt that the law (no one was supposed to bury her brother Polyneicies) should be broken so she took what she thought to be appropriate measures. This is called Civil Disobedience. Another question is? Is Civil Disobedience morally and ethically correct?? The Nazis say one th...

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