When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil
What are our responsibilities in the face of injustice? How far should we go to fight it? Many would argue that as long as a state is nearly just, citizens have a moral duty to obey the law. Proponents of civil disobedience generally hold that, gi...
Quelles sont nos responsabilitÃ©s face Ã¿ l?injustice?? Les philosophes considÃ¤rent gÃ©nÃ©ralement que les citoyens d?un Ã¿tat globalement juste doivent obÃ©ir Ã¿ la loi, mÃªme lorsqu?elle est injuste, quitte Ã¿ employer exceptionnellement la dÃ©...
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 literature particularly valuable 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.
Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study
Candice Delmas has produced a beautifully written, deeply engaged, and carefully constrained argument for uncivil disobedience under certain conditions. Her defense of resistance as both right and obligation is hard to resist, and readers who prefer civility will find in this book a worthy opponent.
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 dut...
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.
Preface to the paperback edition 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