Student Theses and Dissertations

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Feinberg Laboratory


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.


A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of The Rockefeller University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy

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