David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy and Geography 4 (1):97 – 107 (2001)
According to current definitions of civil disobedience, drawn from the work of John Rawls and Carl Cohen, eco-saboteurs are not civil disobedients because their disobedience is not a form of address and/or does not appeal to the public's sense of justice or human welfare. But this definition also excludes disobedience by a wide range of groups, from labor activists to hunt saboteurs, either because they are obstructionist or because they address moral concerns other than justice or the public weal. However earlier definitions of civil disobedience were not so narrow. I review the development of the current definition and the circumstances of its acceptance. I argue that the circumstances which help to explain the attractiveness of the Rawls/Cohen formulations in the 1970s are no longer applicable and that the question of civil disobedience should be revisited. I suggest a wider definition according to which at least some types of eco-sabotage would be civil disobedience.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
John Rawls (1971/2005). A Theory of Justice. Harvard University Press.
Hugo A. Bedau (1961). On Civil Disobedience. Journal of Philosophy 58 (21):653-665.
David Lyons (1998). Moral Judgment, Historical Reality, and Civil Disobedience. Philosophy and Public Affairs 27 (1):31–49.
James F. Childress (1985). Civil Disobedience, Conscientious Objection, and Evasive Noncompliance: A Framework for the Analysis and Assessment of Illegal Actions in Health Care. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 10 (1):63-84.
Alan Carter (1998). In Defence of Radical Disobedience. Journal of Applied Philosophy 15 (1):29–47.
Citations of this work BETA
Adele Santana (2012). Three Elements of Stakeholder Legitimacy. Journal of Business Ethics 105 (2):257-265.
Phillip McReynolds (2015). How to Think About Cyber Conflicts Involving Non-State Actors. Philosophy and Technology 28 (3):427-448.
Patti Tamara Lenard (2010). What's Unique About Immigrant Protest? Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 13 (3):315 - 332.
Derek D. Turner (2006). Monkeywrenching, Perverse Incentives and Ecodefence. Environmental Values 15 (2):213 - 232.
Patti Tamara Lenard (2010). What’s Unique About Immigrant Protest? Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 13 (3):315-332.
Similar books and articles
Kimberley Brownlee (2004). Features of a Paradigm Case of Civil Disobedience. Res Publica 10 (4):337-351.
Oswyn Murray (1975). Civil Disobedience in Antiquity David Daube: Civil Disobedience in Antiquity. Pp. Xii+167. Edinburgh: University Press, 1972. Cloth, £2·50 Net. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 25 (01):72-74.
William Smith (2004). Democracy, Deliberation and Disobedience. Res Publica 10 (4):353-377.
Brian E. Butler (2010). Where Is the Civil in the Invisible Man's Disobedience? In Harold Bloom Blake Hobby (ed.), Bloom's Literary Themes: Civil Disobedience.
Fred R. Berger (1970). 'Law and Order' and Civil Disobedience. Inquiry 13 (1-4):254 – 273.
Brian J. Huschle (2002). Cyber Disobedience. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 16 (1):69-83.
Brian Smart (1978). Defining Civil Disobedience. Inquiry 21 (1-4):249 – 269.
Vinit Haksar (1976). Rawls and Gandhi on Civil Disobedience. Inquiry 19 (1-4):151 – 192.
Michael Martin (1990). Ecosabotage and Civil Disobedience. Environmental Ethics 12 (4):291-310.
Added to index2009-02-04
Total downloads60 ( #70,475 of 1,796,218 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #284,809 of 1,796,218 )
How can I increase my downloads?