Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The problem of civil disobedience and its justification has received a great deal of attention in the past decade, and it seems safe to say that a consensus of sorts has been reached with respect to the basic questions of (i) whether such dissent can be morally justified in a legitimate constitutional democracy; and, if it can be justified, (ii) roughly what the conditions are under which this is the case. The received view among liberal political theorists, as I understand it, is that civil disobedience can be morally justified, under certain conditions, even in a more or less just democratic society. What's more, there is a remarkable degree of agreement among contemporary thinkers as to roughly what the conditions are under which civil disobedience is justified.
Farrell, Daniel Michael, "Paying the Penalty: The Role of Punishment in Theories of Justified Civil Disobedience" (1974). Student Theses and Dissertations. 495.