August 18, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Philosophy Offers Course on Civil Disobedience and the Law

Law Fair logoA special version of PHIL 4420: Philosophy of Law will be offered in Fall 2015, focusing on the topic of Civil Disobedience and the Law.

The course focuses on key questions at the heart of the philosophy of law:

  • Does anyone ever have a right to engage in civil disobedience?
  • If so, can it ever be a legal right?
  • If not, then is it among our human rights and/or moral rights?
  • Can we ever have any kind of obligation to violate a law?
  • If so, when and why?

The seminar considers these questions through the lens of post-World War II philosophical writings, excerpts from Supreme Court decisions, news and opinion articles, and documentary films.

The course is taught by Dr. Alyssa Bernstein, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics.

The course is part of the Making and Breaking the Law theme sponsored by the Center for Law, Justice & Culture.

Class meets Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. Bernstein is willing to waive pre-requisites on a case-by-case basis. Please contact her for more details at

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