A Duty to Resist: When Disobedience Should be Uncivil

Vasanthakumar, Ashwini | 2019

Mind

Abstract

Candice Delmas’ A Duty to Resist arrives, fittingly, in a world of increasing authoritarianism, and the caged children and burning forests left in its wake. Widely diagnosed as a failure to defend liberal institutions, for many these political obscenities reveal failures of liberalism itself: liberalism is not equal to the task of remedying grave inequalities and persistent injustices; worse, it is complicit in them. Delmas responds to these concerns by elaborating on a duty to resist injustice that is grounded firmly within the liberal tradition. In doing so, Delmas aims to recover the radical potential of liberalism, ingeniously using liberal theories of political obligation to require disobedience, including uncivil disobedience. What results is a well conceived book that recognises the urgent need to revisit fundamental...

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Mind

Abstract

Candice Delmas’ A Duty to Resist arrives, fittingly, in a world of increasing authoritarianism, and the caged children and burning forests left in its wake. Widely diagnosed as a failure to defend liberal institutions, for many these political obscenities reveal failures of liberalism itself: liberalism is not equal to the task of remedying grave inequalities and persistent injustices; worse, it is complicit in them. Delmas responds to these concerns by elaborating on a duty to resist injustice that is grounded firmly within the liberal tradition. In doing so, Delmas aims to recover the radical potential of liberalism, ingeniously using liberal theories of political obligation to require disobedience, including uncivil disobedience. What results is a well conceived book that recognises the urgent need to revisit fundamental...

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