Speaking of my own life here in the US, it's a bit different. 0000003231 00000 n • Rather: “Is the moral relation of any government to its citizens such that they have a prima facie obligation to do certain things merely because they are legally required to do so?” (p. 952) June 23, 2019 0 Comment admin However, without an underlying idea of consent in a democratic society, it is arguable that a state of anarchy, in which no laws or rights over property or person could be legitimised, except perhaps through force and oppression could be evident. Beyond this is the idea that law is, by nature, a moral endeavour and even where it is failing to accomplish its aims non-compliance with immoral laws undermines the authority of the legal system, promoting undesirable anarchy and is thus immoral. The law, defined as the ensemble of the norms and principles established in a community, is indispensable to the preservation of the state. 0000029189 00000 n (Symposium on Treaties, Enforcement, and U.S. For citizens and residents, there can be a moral obligation to follow laws that are unenforced or under enforced. 0000002946 00000 n Smith questions the existence of a “prima facie obligation to obey the law” which is the case if “a person A [has] to do an act X if, and only if, there is a moral reason for S to do X which is such that, unless he has moral reason not to do X at least as strong as his reason to do X, S’s failure to do X is wrong”. Ross in THE RIGHT AND THE GooD ch. Consider the parallel with a promise : I am under a moral obligation to return a borrowed book but that obligation can be overriden by the more important moral obligation to help a dying person. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws." These are clear cases where we … The political obligation to obey the law is an essential feature of many modern-day states. 0000004815 00000 n Since it is trivially true that one is legally obliged to obey the law, this question must concern a moral obligation to obey the law. %PDF-1.6 %���� 382 0 obj << /Linearized 1.0 /L 1313969 /H [ 48682 785 ] /O 386 /E 49467 /N 21 /T 1306284 /P 0 >> endobj xref 382 25 0000000015 00000 n Is There a Moral Obligation to Obey the Law Classical natural theory asserted that the validity of a rule necessarily depends on whether it conforms to moral standards because those who do “bind in conscience”. Rawls’s principle of fair play is essentially a just and united social, There is no absolute definition of law to describe what the law actually is. Concerning, “Even if law and morals are closely bound in most systems there are always possibilities they maybe separated.” The remarkable positivist Hart, believes law does not need morality to be law in his so called ‘separation thesis.’ Maintaining law as it is not how it ought to be, positivists are not refusing a relationship. I think the obligation comes more in the form of accepting the consequences of the law rather than blindly following it. I have trouble with jury nullification and the idea of not obeying an “immoral” law precisely because people differ as to what is “moral”. Philosophers ascribe properties such as “content-independence” and “particularity” to it. So if our income taxes are used to support vital services, then we have a moral obligation to pay our income tax. Definitions aside, this leaves us with the question of whether or not we do, after all, have an obligation to obey the law. unconditional, moral obligation to obey the law. Hart is contradicted by the positivist Raz who accepts necessary links. Sovereignty) Eric A. Posner. 0000005472 00000 n Others dismiss this suggesting that law need not […] citizen has a prima facie moral obligation to obey the law of a reasonably just state. If it’s ok to refuse to convict for smoking pot because you disagree with drug laws, then it’s ok for a socialist to refuse to convict a thief because the victim was “rich and can afford it”. 0000030688 00000 n Failure to cohere to these laws would result in serious consequences for greater mankind. When, if ever, do citizens have an obligation to obey the law? Whether all legal obligations necessarily entail moral obligations depends on how one perceives the nature of the connection between law and morality, if it exists at all. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. United States to do this. These, however, do not constitute an obligation to obey the law and should not be confused. Hart's main criticism of predictive theory is that it defines the internal aspect of obligation out of existence. Smith questions the existence of a “prima facie obligation to obey the law” which is the case if “a person A [has] to do an act X if, and only if, there is a moral reason for S to do X which is such that, unless he has moral reason not to do X at least as strong as his reason to do X, S’s failure to do X is wrong”. with a view to the development the society and the state also can preservation of security and stability of the state. Just because you could get away with breaking the law … 0000048682 00000 n This violation of international law sparked protests from all quarters. 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In fact, I think political obligations are a broader category of duties than strictly legal obligations. Consider the parallel with a promise : I am under a moral obligation to return a borrowed book but that obligation can be overriden by the more important moral obligation to help a dying person. x��gx�Ն��ر�|v�1��Ƙ�0��X�"Do���AH�袊.z�SE!�DQ⦆޵�6�lp� ��f�Ly����+���y�����0 ţ�e��1��m6�? A state expects its citizens to obey law so that it can function in a proper manner. If it were ‘just to follow the law’ that would mean all individuals, in all societies under all governments have a general moral obligation to follow the law. The benefits that may result in political obligations can include security, welfare and infrastructure. A state expects its citizens to obey law so that it can function in a proper manner. I will propose my question “do citizens have a moral obligation to obey the law” and will map out a brief description of the direction I will be heading. But if states have moral obligations, there is a further question whether citizens and leaders inherit the state's moral obligations (all or some of them). I have interpreted Hobbes’ as trying to understand the problem of human obligation, whether or not there are moral reasons for each of us to obey the laws of our country. In the first chapter, “Introduction”, I will be introducing my project and announce what I am getting at in my research. The question is: does a citizen have a moral duty to obey the law and if so, why? They also often overlap, though I shall argue that moral obligation is in some sense prior and superior, or more obliging than legal obligation . Is it through birth, or through consent? The distinction between prima facie and absolute obligation was first made by W.D. Since an individual gets most of its benefit and right from the state, therefore it should obey law for the welfare of state. However, the law has no effects without our obedience, which is based essentially on the authority (the capacity of the law to make us respect it) but also on our culture or our education. 0000039051 00000 n One can have a moral obligation to obey the law yet more important countervailing moral obligations may require one not to obey the law. 0000008067 00000 n Walzer says that there is no 'conventional wisdom' on the subject. Since an individual gets most of its benefit and right from the state, therefore it should obey law for the welfare of state. In the writings of Honoré, Raz, Smith, Finnis and Bix there are many arguments for and against a general moral obligation to obey. In essence, both believe that citizens have to obey the law, even when it is unjust, that is to say, when citizens disagree with it, in a … provided, of course, that they consider their state to be just. Although there are many justifications for why we should obey the law but these concepts are the strongest justifications, safe to say that the subjects of any legitimate state have an obligation to at obey their governing bodies. Individuals are born into societies with a complicated set of laws already in place. This is believed to be so either on instrumentalist grounds or on grounds of fairness. The notion of obedience is imperative to the notion of law, and the subject of legal obedience is accepted by virtue of its necessity in the definition of law. Law plays a normative role in such a theory. Gottfried Leibniz, in, Paper Topic 1 • Not: Do we ever have a particular obligation to obey particular laws on particular . the position that there is a prima facie moral obligation to obey law, some. This naïve legalistic notion of the duty to obey the law has few, if any, takers. Similarly, if our family requires us to provide for them, then you have an obligation to comply with the law because we need to stay out of prison and to provide for our families. occasions? That, I feel, is the most important moral obligation we have in a democratic society. This, some commentators have argued, is lacking in some respects. 0000002381 00000 n Indeed. "One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. The two can come apart. Therefore, the interesting question about our obligation vis-i-vis the law is not "Do individual citizens ever have specific prima 3. In this, “Political Obligation Cannot be grounded in Benefits since Most Citizens Never Ask to Receive Such Benefits” – Discuss 0000005647 00000 n Moral obligation, then, is grounded in the command of a superior (human or divine), and commands are morally compelling due to the dual factors of fear and respect for the “just” reasons behind them. ��o5�`���@6F�3v1V�~0$vt��V�~� ���� I��adV&Eee��ScE Often, they take each other's ideas as a basis and develop or counter argue them. trailer << /Size 407 /Prev 1306273 /Root 383 0 R /Info 381 0 R /ID [ <6BB5391830CF9BB87C68C47F95445543> <8B218DEB8B01921225F9EC26700296E9> ] >> startxref 0 %%EOF 383 0 obj <> endobj 384 0 obj <<>> endobj 385 0 obj <>/Font<>>>/DA(/Helv 0 Tf 0 g )>> endobj 386 0 obj <>/XObject<>/ProcSet[/PDF /Text/ImageC]>>/Group<>/Annots[392 0 R 391 0 R 390 0 R 389 0 R 388 0 R 387 0 R]>> endobj 387 0 obj <>>> endobj 388 0 obj <>>> endobj 389 0 obj <>>> endobj 390 0 obj <>>> endobj 391 0 obj <>>> endobj 392 0 obj <>>> endobj 393 0 obj <> endobj 394 0 obj <> endobj 395 0 obj <> endobj 396 0 obj <> endobj 397 0 obj <> endobj 398 0 obj <> endobj 399 0 obj <> stream On … Under this theory, political authority’s justification is based on a contract under which people agreed to give up some of their natural freedoms in return for the safety and security of a civilized society governed by law. Its core intuition is the belief that deny-ing an obligation to obey its laws is a denial of the justice of the state. ��F�����H���S�2+ɥ1H��̐Al���@��Y���|�6�[H1ɪO��$yZ�s$�8�Y�fb'<=� D:�z*�F�F�a�g�@Yc�P� �ؠj�u鴰..��y"�,��! We have a political obligation to obey the law in our society, this belief is backed up by the justifications of fairness, consent, utilitarianism, and morality, but the most compelling arguments found for the justification of why we should obey the law are consent, fairness and morality, Utilitarianism. 0000001937 00000 n The theory of political obligation is to have a moral responsibility to obey the laws of the state (Richard and Daivid, 2007). I will address that As a leader of this discussion, Rawls proposes that moral obligation to obey the law is upheld if the system of law is grounded in the principle of fair play. ...Political Obligation First published Tue Apr 17, 2007; substantive revision Fri Apr 30, 2010 To have a political obligation is to have a moral duty to obey the laws of one's country or state. Some have claimed that law is the determination of moral norms and accordingly all legal obligations are also moral ones. Before one can know whether there is a moral obligation to obey the law, one must know what a moral obligation to obey the law is. The claim that democratic citizens are morally obligated to obey unjust laws has been defended by several political thinkers, among whom John Rawls and Thomas Christiano. Moral reasons, for Hobbes, are laws that are imperative for us to all obey. 18 Another theory claiming to explain why we have a moral obligation to obey law is the natural duty theory , most convincingly articulated by Jeremy W aldron in “Special Ties 0000006001 00000 n 0000002660 00000 n 0000043936 00000 n The question is: does a citizen have a moral duty to obey the law and if so, why? So, Hobbes indicates that human obligation is just political obligation and offers a rational justification for an absolute sovereign - his solution. ‘Must we only obey a just law; should we obey a law because it is just to do so; or else can we not obey at all?'. Accepting this suggest that there is in almost every instance a moral obligation to obey the law. Before I begin, it would be worthwhile to try to pin down what ‘obligation’ in a general sense actually means. Such hot debates never end as he is battled with numerous naturalists including Fuller and Finnis who believe, ideology One can have a moral obligation to obey the law yet more important countervailing moral obligations may require one not to obey the law. Many political philosophers also think the same that there is a prima facie obligation to obey law However, all laws are not just. Having an obligation to obey the law requires that you have an obligation to obey the law because it's the law. norm, nor that its citizens or leaders have a moral obligation to cause the. Customary law that develops within incentive structures that promote oppression will tend to be oppressive. that states can have moral obligations,2 for if they could not, a fortiori they could not have a moral obligation to obey international law. So, if there are laws that people feel are unjust, the most powerful and responsible way to fulfill any moral obligation you may feel towards these laws is to VOTE. 0000001677 00000 n Social contract theory is a popular approach to justifying the moral obligation to follow the law. My argument in this essay is that individuals can have a duty to obey the law when their community is governed by a system of customary law that evolves free from pre-existing state or other oppressive power structures. I have shown in this essay, that if we use Wolff’s multi-principle approach, we can get a meaningful obligation to obey the law as citizens. ���(=�9��'�I�e��}�/f[39����Y 3�~��Rb�������v\̝�A��ֆ��4�'T'�R���}�uq�/4Z�! So the hard question is how we come to actually acquire political and legal obligations. To have a political obligation is to have a moral duty to obey the laws and support the institutions of one’s political community. Every legal system contains obligation-imposing laws, but there isno decisive linguistic marker determining which these are. behavior within the requirements of the treaty or customary international-law. Abstract This Independent Study thesis is divided into five chapters. “Moral entitities” are metaphysically superadded to physical entitites, so they are dependent on intelligent beings. Get involved in the process of how these laws come into being and how they can be changed. Full Text: COPYRIGHT 2003 Stanford Law School INTRODUCTION In 1960 Israeli agents kidnapped Adolf Eichmann from Argentine territory. The benefit theory for obligation has many criticisms besides the idea that “most citizens never ask for them” and I am going evaluate this theory alongside what I argue to be the reason, In this essay I will argue that moral obligation is like legal obligation to some extent, in that they share certain features, in particular notions of blame and responsibility. Some legal philosophers argue that there a general moral obligation to obey the law- that the fact that a law demands certain behaviour should be morally important to … The instrumentalist con- 'j���M��1��^���AA���s5 b����a��p�i����kؖ�ر�=Iy'@,hcb�q�� œ6��MІ) OBLIGATIONS TO OBEY THE LAW J. L. Mackie* IS there an obligation to obey the law? In either case, it is a legal duty to obey political authority that we have. Without laws, a society would quickly crumble into disorder and chaos, unless, all cost. 0000003776 00000 n Legal duty: The obligations people have put upon them by the law. Moral responsibility: The personal obligations people feel based on their beliefs about what is right and wrong. Or do we have ‘nat… b) Even if moral obligations did exist, individuals have no obligation to laws forcibly imposed by the state. To have a political obligation is to have a moral duty to obey the laws and support the institutions of one’s political community. ]*-�����}�C6�ĝ��rO'��P�?NU4 hI3�)��_ �z �2r��Օ�V�s�h �5j�+ͥG/�('&����'�k?>o������\7�t���^�o�N��(-�����ⶊ��[email protected]�M��t���L�>X���u��7�-��n� Fy�� endstream endobj 400 0 obj <> stream On that point there is almost complete agreement among political philosophers. For example, Andrew Loh points out that sometimes, it appears that not all are equal before the law: One might argue that an inconsistent application of the law undermines the law’s authority, which correspondingly undermines any unqualified moral duty to obey it. Many political philosophers also think the same that there is a prima facie obligation to obey law However, all laws are not just. Their willingness to obey most likely People who disagreed with the governments' policies started arguing that sometimes, a citizen is justified in acting illegally. I don't think I have any moral obligation to obey the laws imposed on me and break minor laws constantly. 0000003512 00000 n Unless citizens have moral requirements to obey the law, they may be forced to do so, but in compelling obedience, the state is acting unjustly and impinging on their freedom. We have a political obligation to obey the law in our society , this belief is backed up by the justifications of fairness, consent, utilitarianism, and morality, but the most compelling arguments found for the justification of why we should obey the law are consent, fairness and morality, Utilitarianism. 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