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A Duty to Resist

When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil

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What are our responsibilities in the face of injustice? As Candice Delmas argues, we have a duty to resist injustice, which is more important, sometimes, than our duty to obey the law. Drawing from the tradition of activists including Thoreau, Gandhi, and the Movement for Black Lives, Delmas conceptualizes and defends uncivil disobedience and explores its practices and limits. Delmas turns the traditional arguments for civil disobedience on their head, and lays out a clear argument for the duty to go beyond that to resist injustice, even by uncivil means, when necessary.
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Erin R Pineda, European Journal of Political Theory Delmas systematically and compellingly demonstrates is that our political obligations as well as our latitude to disobey are farmore expansive, given the scale and scope of injustice, violence, and exploitation around us. On this front, Delmas' book stands as an original and significant contribution, and a challenge to accounts which fail to seriously consider what we owe to each other when we live within--and particularly when we benefit from--the conditions of systemic injustice.

James Greenwood-Reeves, Journal of Law and Society, Volume 46, No 2. 2019 The elegance of her argument is that it takes received understandings of political obligation, and detaches them from an uncritical presumption towards duties of obedience... Delmas drives a persuasive and relatable argument through what might otherwise be treacherously broad, hazy territory... The book presents a robust but simple moral reasoning for uncoupling our political obligations from a presumed duty to obey - and one strongly relevant to our times.

Ten-Herng Lai, Ethics In all, Delmas successfully guides us to reconsider the traditional "wisdom" of civil disobedience. She also makes a strong case for expanding the notion of political obligation to encompass a duty to resist.

Christopher Finlay, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Delmas's book is a vitally important contribution to the literature that will reward close engagement from philosophers working in a variety of different fields of political theory.

Suzanne Smith, LSE Review of Books a provocative and rewarding contribution to the literatureparticularlyvaluable for its attention to the question of the situational conditions of obligatory, potentially uncivil resistance

Nausicaa Renner, BookForum Delmas tries to detangle our obligations with a thorough taxonomy of principled disobedience ... Delmas suggests that we have to build a collective way of thinking together and resisting together.

Tommie Shelby, author of Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform Delmas rethinks the conceptual and moral foundations of principled noncompliance with unjust laws, practices, and norms. She radically expands our sense of the scope and demands of political dissent. Her book offers a probing, sophisticated, and timely theory of the duty to resist injustice.

Kimberley Brownlee, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick Candice Delmas's wonderful new book contends that we have a political obligation to oppose injustice, which can often give us a duty to disobey the law. The standard arguments for why we should follow the law, such as fairness and associative ties, are actually strong arguments for us to disobey including through uncivil disobedience to resist oppression. Insightful, gripping, and analytically sharp, Delmas's work is both a valuable contribution and a call to action.

Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus of Social Science,...

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Candice Delmas is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at Northeastern University and the Associate Director of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Program. She previously served as a Dworkin-Balzan Fellow at New York University School of Law from 2016 to 2017. She works in moral, social, political, and legal philosophy.


Introduction: Political Obligation(s) Chapter 1. Principled Disobedience Chapter 2. In Defense of Uncivil Disobedience Chapter 3. Justice and Democracy Chapter 4. Fairness Chapter 5. Samaritanism Chapter 6. Political Association and Dignity Chapter 7. Acting on Political Obligations Conclusion Postscript. Resistance in the Age of Trump