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  • Just And Unjust Laws
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    Jon Eric Hoffman Foundations of Liberal Arts Dr. Kim Jenkins December 13, 2004 Just and Unjust Laws The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines unjust as "characterized by injustice: Unfair". At the same time it defines a law as "a binding custom or practice of a community". With both definitions in mind an unjust law can be described as "a binding custom or practice of a community characterized by injustice and unfairness". Today one can see unjust laws across the globe, many of which are overlooked...
  • Thoreau's And King's Writing
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    Majority Power vs. Justice When looking at the writings of Martin Luther King Jr. in, A Letter From a Birmingham Jail and Henry David Thoreau in Civil Disobedience, one finds that each man takes a somewhat different approach to delivering a message, but the messages are in fact similar, as both call for a drastic change to majority rule. Both men share the desire for universal justice and they feel majority rule prevents this, as too small of a number of individuals can make unjust laws that aff...
  • Henry David Thoreau And Martin Luther King
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    King vs. Thoreau By acting civil but disobedient you are able to protest things you don " think are fair, non-violently. Henry David Thoreau is one of the most important literary figures of the nineteenth century. Thoreau's essay "Civil Disobedience", which was written as a speech, has been used by many great thinkers such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi as a map to fight against injustice. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a pastor that headed the Civil Rights movement. He was a gifte...
  • Problem With Just And Unjust Laws
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    Questionable Laws & People In the article's of "Crito", by Plato, and "Letter from Birmingham Jail", by Martin Luther King, Jr., two writers make a case over whether it is moral or not to disobey laws. The question to be answered in our final paper asks whether we agree with what the Laws say about if Socrates was to escape and why we feel that way. It also asks how we think Martin Luther King would have responded to the judgment of the Laws of Athens. In this paper, I will address these questio...
  • Protest Of Established Laws
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    The Declaration of Individualism and The Encouragement of Protest from BirminghamJailAlthough the time periods and goals may be different the method for bringing about change is usually the same, this method is protest. This method is supported by two different people, in two different time periods, with two different goals; these two people are Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King Junior. Martin Luther King Junior's letter from Birmingham Jail was an expression of his encouragement for prote...
  • Henry David Thoreau And Martin Luther King
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    Henry David Thoreau vs. Martin Luther King There are times throughout the history of the United States when its citizens have felt the need to revolt against the government. The two essays, Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau, and Letter From a Birmingham Jail, by Martin Luther King, Jr., effectively illustrate the authors opinions of justice. Each author has his main point; Thoreau, in dealing with justice as it relates to government, asks for not at once no government, but at once a bet...
  • Unjust Law Is Socrates
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    To Conform or Not Socrates- A Struggle When one is pondering the question, what do the laws mean by stating that Socrates needed to be obedient because of all that the laws have done for him, you can find the meaning in the text of the Crito. The law states, that if they were not there, Socrates would not have been born. Because it was by them, that his mother and father were married. The laws also states that if it were not for them, Socrates would not be as educated as he was. Because it was t...
  • Possible Examples Of Unjust Laws
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    There are two types of laws: just and unjust. Every individual in a society has a responsibility to obey just laws and, even more importantly, to disobey and resist unjust laws. The speaker of the issue divides laws in 2 separate kinds. By stating the above, the speaker is questioning the righteousness of laws. Does that mean all the laws formed by government and imposed on citizens are not justified for what they mean? I understand that the law here implies those imposed as social laws for exam...
  • Unjust Law
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    Each society has its government, each government owes its citizens justice and each citizen owes responsibility to follow the rules of the government. The existence of numerous laws not only provides security and civilization for the society and avoids anarchy, but it also offers certain individual rights and protects the privilege of the citizens. It is true that " There are two types of laws: just and unjust. Every individual in the society has a responsibility to obey the laws, and even more ...
  • 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...

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