Civil Disobedience: Is it ever okay to break the law? August 18

On August 4 at 11 am, Noble Horizons will debut a six-session Zoom series on civil disobedience taught by Hotchkiss school instructor Dr. Thomas Fisher. Fisher, who holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University, a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, and a B.A. in philosophy and sociology from St. John’s University, explains, “This is a course about breaking the law. The law is not always on the side of justice and when it is not, do we obey the law, or do we do something else? What sorts of disobedience may we engage in, and why? And if we do disobey the law, what do we owe those who obey it?”

The course explores topics such as, “The Duty to Obey: What’s wrong with breaking the law?” and “Conscience and Communication: What justifies disobedience?” Class members will be guided by selected readings and the words and deeds of people whose consciences demanded more than the laws allowed.  Following registration, which may be completed below, a Zoom link and all readings will be provided electronically.

Topics, Reading List, and Meeting Schedule:  This class will meet six times over four weeks via Zoom

“The Duty to Obey: What’s wrong with breaking the law?”

Tuesday, Aug 4, 11:00 AM.  Read before class: Selections from Plato’s Crito

 

“Conscience and Communication: What justifies disobedience?”

Tuesday, Aug 11, 11:00 AM. Read before class: Selections from Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” and Delmas’ “Disobedience, Civil and Otherwise.”

 

“Disobedience as Deliberation: Must disobedience be polite?”

Thursday, Aug 13, 11:00 AM. Read before class: Selections from Gandhi’s Voice of Truth and Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

 

“Disobedience as coercion: Must disobedience be non-coercive?”

Tuesday, Aug 18, 11:00 AM. Read before class: Selections from Pankhurst’s “Freedom or Death” and Moreall’s “The Justifiability of Violent Civil Disobedience”

 

“Disobedience as strategy: What determines how we disobey?”

Thursday, Aug 20, 11:AM. Read before class: Selections Lyons’ “Moral Judgment, Historical Reality, and Civil Disobedience.” King’s “Where Do We Go From Here?”

 

Tuesday Aug 25, 11:00 AM  No Scheduled Reading.

 

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