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  1. added 2020-05-19
    Justifying Prison Breaks as Civil Disobedience.Isaac Shur - 2019 - Aporia 19 (2):14-26.
    I argue that given the persistent injustice present within the Prison Industrial Complex in the United States, many incarcerated individuals would be justified in attempting to escape and that these prison breaks may qualify as acts of civil disobedience. After an introduction in section one, section two offers a critique of the classical liberal conception of civil disobedience envisioned by John Rawls. Contrary to Rawls, I argue that acts of civil disobedience can involve both violence and evasion of punishment, both (...)
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    Insurrectionist Ethics and Thoreau.Lee A. Mcbride Iii - 2013 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 49 (1):29-45.
    The American philosophical tradition is often portrayed as a genteel tradition that is committed to democracy and the incremental expansion of democracy through suasionist means. In an attempt to complicate this narrative, the author articulates the basic features of Leonard Harris’s insurrectionist ethics, then attempts to locate this insurrectionist ethics in the work of Henry D. Thoreau. It is argued that this insurrectionist ethos is a fecund addition to the American philosophical tradition and that insurrectionist character traits and modes of (...)
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  3. added 2020-05-15
    Within the Limits of Deliberative Reason Alone.Lasse Thomassen - 2007 - European Journal of Political Theory 6 (2):200-218.
    In this article, I take Habermas's treatment of civil disobedience as a litmus test of the way in which Habermas relates to the imperfectness of democracy. The case of civil disobedience, which Habermas deems to be a normal part of a mature constitutional democracy, shows that Habermas is ultimately unable to submit all decisions and distinctions to the public use of reason as envisaged in his deliberative account of democracy. As a consequence, I argue that we must take the imperfectness (...)
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  4. added 2020-05-12
    Civil Disobedience, and What Else? Making Space for Uncivil Forms of Resistance.Erin R. Pineda - forthcoming - European Journal of Political Theory.
    Theorists of political obligation have long devoted special attention to civil disobedience, establishing its pride of place as an object of philosophical analysis, and as one of a short li...
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    Judith N Shklar as Theorist of Political Obligation.William E. Scheuerman - forthcoming - European Journal of Political Theory.
    The useful publication of Judith N Shklar's final undergraduate lectures at Harvard provides an opportunity to take a careful look at her reflections on political obligation, a matter always of gre...
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    Book Review: Civil Disobedience, by William Scheuerman. [REVIEW]Maeve Cooke - 2019 - Political Theory 47 (4):589-594.
  7. added 2020-05-12
    Political Rioting: A Moral Assessment.Avia Pasternak - 2018 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 46 (4):384-418.
  8. added 2020-05-11
    Civil Disobedience, William E. Scheuerman, Cambridge and Medford, MA: Polity Press, 2018.Ervin Kondakciu - 2019 - Constellations 26 (3):508-510.
  9. added 2020-05-10
    Why Not Uncivil Disobedience?William E. Scheuerman - forthcoming - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy:1-20.
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    Book Review: A Duty to Resist: When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil, by Candice Delmas. [REVIEW]Jennet Kirkpatrick - forthcoming - Political Theory:009059171989219.
  11. added 2020-05-06
    Theorizing the Politics of Protest: Contemporary Debates on Civil Disobedience.Çiğdem Çıdam, William E. Scheuerman, Candice Delmas, Erin R. Pineda, Robin Celikates & Alexander Livingston - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory:1-34.
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    Unruly Kids? Conceptualizing and Defending Youth Disobedience.Nikolas Mattheis - forthcoming - European Journal of Political Theory:147488512091837.
    Taking the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement as its starting point, this article conceptualizes and defends youth disobedience, understood as principled disobedience by legal minors. The article first argues that the school strike for climate can be viewed as civil disobedience. Then, the article distinguishes between various forms of youth disobedience. Building on the democratic rationale for civil disobedience, the remainder of the article argues that there is a special justification for youth disobedience. To show this, it argues that children are (...)
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  13. added 2020-05-05
    Protest and Speech Act Theory.Matthew Chrisman - forthcoming - In Rachel Katharine Sterken & Justin Khoo (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Social and Political Philosophy of Language. New York: Routledge.
    This paper attempts to explain what a protest is by using the resources of speech-act theory. First, we distinguish the object, redress, and means of a protest. This provided a way to think of atomic acts of protest as having dual communicative aspects, viz., a negative evaluation of the object and a connected prescription of redress. Second, we use Austin’s notion of a felicity condition to further characterize the dual communicative aspects of protest. This allows us to distinguish protest from (...)
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  14. added 2020-04-03
    Must I Accept Prosecution for Civil Disobedience?Daniel Weltman - 2020 - Philosophical Quarterly 70 (279):410-418.
    Piero Moraro argues that people who engage in civil disobedience do not have a pro tanto reason to accept punishment for breaking the law, although they do have a duty to undergo prosecution. This is because they have a duty to answer for their actions, and the state serves as an agent of the people by calling the lawbreaker to answer via prosecution. I argue that Moraro does not go far enough. Someone who engages in civil disobedience does not even (...)
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    Experts, Refugees, and Radicals: Borders and Orders in the Hotspot of Crisis.Anna Carastathis & Myrto Tsilimpounidi - 2018 - Theory in Action 11 (4):1-21.
    In July 2016, we participated in a conference in Lesvos (Greece) on borders, migration, and the refugee crisis. The Crossing Borders conference was framed in contrast with the ad-hoc humanitarianism that was being implemented, to the extent that it seemed to offer an opportunity to think about the refugee crisis, militarism, and austerity capitalism in systemic terms. This paper is based on an intervention we staged in the closing panel of the Crossing Borders conference, where we read a statement we (...)
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  16. added 2020-03-17
    Mahatma Gandhi’s Philosophy of Nonviolence and Truth.Douglas Allen - 2019 - The Acorn 19 (1):5-18.
    In commemoration of the 150th birthday of M. K. ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi, Douglas Allen, author of Gandhi After 9/11, presents an overview of Gandhi’s philosophy focused on two key values or concepts: Truth and Nonviolence. The presentation is offered as an alternative to non-Gandhians, anti-Gandhians, or reactionary Gandhians who often over-idealized the man and his philosophy. With respect to Ahimsa or Nonviolence, it may be easy to see how the value works against overt, physical violence. However, for Gandhi such examples are (...)
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    Étienne Balibar, Equaliberty: Political Essays, Translated by James IngramÉtienne Balibar, Violence and Civility: On the Limits of Political Philosophy, Translated by G.M. Goshgarian.Thomas Clément Mercier - 2018 - Derrida Today 11 (2):230-237.
    This essay examines Étienne Balibar's readings of Jacques Derrida and deconstruction. The text is framed as a review of two books by Balibar: 'Equaliberty' and 'Violence and Civility'. After describing the context of those readings, I propose a broader reflection on the ambiguous relationship between 'post-Marxism' and 'deconstruction', focusing on concepts such as 'violence', 'cruelty', 'sovereignty' and 'property'. I also raise methodological questions related to the 'use' of deconstructive notions in political theory debates.
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  18. added 2020-02-16
    Revolution of Conscience: MLK, Jr. And the Philosophy of Nonviolence (Kindle E-Book Edition).Greg Moses - 2018 - Austin, TX: Kindle.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. developed a philosophical logic of nonviolence in terms of equality, structure, nonviolent direct action, and love. Here we look at the way King's analysis makes use of each concept with a special view to the context of other Black activist intellectuals. This ebook is a slightly edited version of earlier print editions.
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  19. added 2019-06-14
    Gandhi’s Many Influences and Collaborators.Gail Presbey - 2015 - Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 35 (2):360-69.
    In Gandhi's Printing Press, Isabel Hofmeyr introduces readers to the nuances of the newspaper in a far-flung colony in the age when mail and news traveled by ship and when readers were encouraged by Gandhi to read slowly and deeply. This article explores the ways in which Thoreau's concept of slow reading influenced Gandhi and Hofmeyr herself. She discusses the community that surrounded Gandhi and the role it played in supporting the newspaper. Yet, I argue, the role of women of (...)
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  20. added 2019-06-12
    Delmas, Candice. A Duty to Resist: When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pp. 312. $29.95. [REVIEW]Ten-Herng Lai - 2019 - Ethics 129 (4):710-715.
    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, which has been narrowly construed as mere obedience, to encompass a duty to resist. Principled disobedience, either civil or uncivil, includes a wide range of tools to tackle different forms of injustice, such as education campaigns, peaceful protests, graffiti street art, whistleblowing, vigilante self-defense, and political riots. We may question to what extent the violent disobedience (...)
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  21. added 2019-06-06
    Six Motives of Justified Disobedience: A Case Study on the First Chechen War.Boris Kashnikov - 2002 - Professional Ethics, a Multidisciplinary Journal 10 (2/3/4):197-206.
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    Civil Disobedience and the Opinion of the Many: Plato's "Crito".Martin D. Yaffe - 1977 - Modern Schoolman 54 (2):123-136.
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    Civil Disobedience, Law, and Morality: An Examination of Justice Fortas' Doctrine.Alan Gewirth - 1970 - The Monist 54 (4):536-555.
    Civil disobedience raises difficult problems for most of us because we are neither absolute legalists nor absolute individualistic moralists. As it is usually denned, civil disobedience consists in violating some law on the ground that it or some other law or social policy is morally wrong, and the manner of this violation is public, nonviolent, and accepting of the legally prescribed penalty for disobedience. According to the absolute legalist, civil disobedience is never justified, because he holds that every law, no (...)
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  24. added 2019-06-05
    Whistleblowing as Civil Disobedience.William E. Scheuerman - 2014 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 40 (7):609-628.
    The media hoop-la about Edward Snowden has obscured a less flashy yet more vital – and philosophically relevant – part of the story, namely the moral and political seriousness with which he acted to make the hitherto covert scope and scale of NSA surveillance public knowledge. Here I argue that we should interpret Snowden’s actions as meeting most of the demanding tests outlined in sophisticated political thinking about civil disobedience. Like Thoreau, Gandhi, King and countless other (forgotten) grass-roots activists, Snowden (...)
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  25. added 2019-06-05
    Reclaiming the Revolutionary Spirit.William Smith - 2010 - European Journal of Political Theory 9 (2):149-166.
    This article examines Hannah Arendt’s bold and provocative proposal to institutionalize civil disobedience. First, I argue that the proposal follows from Arendt’s peculiar interpretation of this mode of protest. She sees it as an unexpected yet welcome echo of the revolutionary spirit that accompanied the foundation of the American republic. In seeking to bring civil disobedience into government, she aims to embed this spirit within the very institutional fabric of the polity. Second, I suggest that we have strong reasons to (...)
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  26. added 2019-06-05
    The Hippocratic Underground: Civil Disobedience and Health Care Reform.Robert Macauley - 2005 - Hastings Center Report 35 (1):38.
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    “Total and Radical Liberation”: The Religious and Philosophical Background of Volodymyr Vynnychenko’s Revolutionary Ideas.Roman Bilyashevych - 2017 - Kyiv-Mohyla Humanities Journal 4:29-43.
    The article explores the religious and philosophical origins of Volodymyr Vynnychenko’s ideas of “honesty with oneself,” “omnilateral liberation,” and “concordism.” Two treatises, Vidrodzhennia natsii (Rebirth of a Nation, 1919–1920) and Konkordyzm. Systema buduvannia shchastia (Concordism. A System of Building Happiness, 1938–1945), illustrate the development of Vynnychenko’s worldview. In the first work, social revolution was considered as the answer to human problems, while, in the second, such a solution was found in becoming one with the universe. Despite his negative attitude towards (...)
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    Serhii Yefremov: Epitome of the Ukrainian Revolution.Maxim Tarnawsky - 2017 - Kyiv-Mohyla Humanities Journal 4:1-10.
    Yefremov’s personal characteristics exemplify the characteristic features of the Ukrainian revolution. He was an argumentative, pugnacious man, and the revolution was characterized by infighting. He was an institution builder, and that’s a key element of the Ukrainian revolution. He was ideologically an advocate of Ukrainian identity (sooner than social rights or state building) and that too was a feature of the Ukrainian revolution. His diaries and ego writing offer a variety of evidence of these aspects of his personality.
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  29. added 2019-04-08
    Constitutional order in Russia.Andrej Poleev - 2013
  30. added 2019-02-07
    Is Bossnapping Uncivil?Piero Moraro - 2018 - Raisons Politiques 1 (69):29-44.
    This paper considers the boundaries of "civility" in civil disobedience, by focusing on an extreme form of protest, namely, bossnapping. The latter involves workers 'kidnapping' their bosses, in order to force them to listen to their grievances. I argue that, notwithstanding its use of force, bossnapping may, under some circumstances, fulfil the requirements of a "civil" act of disobedience.
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  31. added 2019-02-06
    Civil Disobedience.William Smith - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory:1-4.
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  32. added 2019-01-11
    History and Critique: A Response to Habermas's Misreading of Hegel.Nicholas Mowad - 2012 - Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 42 (1):53-72.
    Habermas has alleged: (1) that Hegel has given a social theory that is abstract and technical, separating theory from practice ; and (2) that the criticism Hegel exercises at times is compromised by his uncritical acceptance of modern western culture. Both allegations amount to the claim that in some way Hegel proscribes internal critique, a citizen’s critique of her own nation-state. However, this charge is based on a misunderstanding of the role that history plays in Hegel’s account, and the difference (...)
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  33. added 2018-12-31
    Complicating Conscience, Refreshing Discontent.Paul J. Medeiros - 2016 - Diametros 47:50-63.
    The 19th Century New England author Thoreau provides an approach to conscience and unjust laws approximating that given by St. Thomas Aquinas in _Summa Theologiae_. But the portrait of conscience given by Thoreau in the 1848 oration “Civil Disobedience” is incomplete. Thoreau’s approach is solved by accepting insights given in Part I and Part I–II of _Summa Theologiae_. Allowing St. Thomas’ insights requires reform of Thoreau’s civil disobedience and conscientious objection. But Thoreau’s arguments are given new life.
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  34. added 2018-12-22
    A duty to resist: When disobedience should be uncivil.William E. Scheuerman - 2020 - Contemporary Political Theory 19 (2):126-129.
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    ‘The Whole World is Watching!’ The 1968 Chicago Riots.Tyler Dawson - 2010 - Constellations (University of Alberta Student Journal) 1 (2).
    In 1968, the Democratic Party of the United States held its convention in Chicago. Thousands of anti-war protestors arrived to picket the democratic process and voice their concerns over the Vietnam War for the upcoming presidential election. With prior knowledge of the coming protests, the Chicago Police Department and city administration expected violence and prepared themselves accordingly. As a result, the convention was plagued all week by violence in the streets as protestors clashed with the police. At the end, the (...)
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  36. added 2018-12-16
    Waterfront Revolts: New York and London Dockworkers, 1946-61.Colin Davis - 2007 - Science and Society 71 (1):126-128.
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    Civil Disobedience and Abortion Protests: The Case for Amending Criminal Trespass Statutes.Paul Davis & William Davis - 1991 - Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy 5 (4):995-1042.
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  38. added 2018-12-15
    Institutional Illegality and Disobedience: Local Government Narratives.Cooper Davina - 1996 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 16 (2).
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    Freedom and Civil Obedience.Hm Curtler - 1979 - Journal of Thought 14 (2):153-163.
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  40. added 2018-12-07
    Selective Resistance: A Quest for a Theoretical Framework for Understanding Student Activism in Mali From 1968 to 1991.Papa N'tji Coulibaly - 2003 - Dissertation, The University of Utah
    This dissertation endeavors to articulate a theory that makes sense of the political student movements in Mali from 1968 to 1991 by drawing upon three sources: theories of postcolonialism, neocolonialism and resistance; archival information; and the oral histories of resistant students. It seeks to describe the "selective resistance" students engaged in as they opposed the government. ;The dissertation contends that Malian students were resisting a neocolonization of Mali by the French with the blessing of the military regime. The military regime (...)
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  41. added 2018-12-03
    Civil Disobedience and Conscientious Objection.Maeve Cooke & Danielle Petherbridge - 2016 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (10):953-957.
    The question of civil disobedience has preoccupied philosophical discourse at least since Thoreau's articulation of disobedience as a form of non-compliance and Rawls' classic definition outlined in the wake of the civil rights and student protest movements of the 1960s. It has become increasingly clear, however, that these classic definitions are being challenged and rethought from a variety of traditions in the wake of contemporary protests. These articles engage with the most recent debates surrounding civil disobedience and conscientious objection, opening (...)
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    Civil Obedience and Disobedience.Maeve Cooke - 2016 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 (10):995-1003.
    This article offers a general framework for thinking about civil disobedience as transformative political action. Positing authority as the mode of power corresponding to obedience, and authority and freedom as internally related, it proposes a model of freedom and political authority as a basis for this framework. The framework is sufficiently general to allow for context-dependent variations – for example, as to whether publicity or non-violence is required – while specifying a view of civil disobedience as transformative action driven by (...)
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    Kimberley Brownlee: Conscience and Conviction: The Case for Civil Disobedience: Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, 266 Pp Indexed. ISBN 978-0-19-959294-4, $66 Hardback.C. Coady - 2016 - Journal of Value Inquiry 50 (2):501-506.
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    Civil Disobedience: Conscience, Tactics, and the Law.Hugo Adam Bedau - 1972 - Journal of Philosophy 69 (7):179-186.
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  45. added 2018-11-24
    Civil Disobedience: Definition and Justification.Robert Paul Churchill - 1975 - Dissertation, The Johns Hopkins University
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  46. added 2018-11-23
    Arming the Outlaws: On the Moral Limits of the Arms Trade.James Christensen - forthcoming - Political Studies.
    There is a general presumption against arming outlaw states. But can that presumption sometimes be overturned? The argument considered here maintains that outlaw states can have legitimate security interests and that transferring weapons to these states can be an appropriate way of promoting those interests. Weapons enable governments to engage in wrongful oppression and aggression, but they also enable them to fend off predators in a manner that can be beneficial to their citizens. It clearly does not follow from the (...)
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    Social Protest and Contentious Authoritarianism in China.Xi Chen - 2011 - Cambridge University Press.
    Xi Chen explores the question of why there has been a dramatic rise in and routinization of social protests in China since the early 1990s. Drawing on case studies, in-depth interviews and a unique data set of about 1,000 government records of collective petitions, this book examines how the political structure in Reform China has encouraged Chinese farmers, workers, pensioners, disabled people and demobilized soldiers to pursue their interests and claim their rights by staging collective protests. Chen suggests that routinized (...)
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  48. added 2018-11-19
    Civil Disobedience and Deliberative Democracy. By William Smith. Routledge, 2013, 166 Pp. [REVIEW]Robin Celikates - 2014 - Constellations 21 (3):434-436.
  49. added 2018-11-18
    Rethinking Civil Disobedience as a Practice of Contestation—Beyond the Liberal Paradigm.Robin Celikates - 2016 - Constellations 23 (1):37-45.
  50. added 2018-11-07
    Seventeenth-Century Political Arithmetic: Civil Strife and Vital Statistics.Peter Buck - 1977 - Isis 68 (1):67-84.
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