Philosophy in the Community: Authority, Obedience, and Respect For The Law

Philosophy in the Community Lecture #2

    • Wednesday October 12, 2011
    • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • The Refinery (in the basement of St. James’ Church). 609 Dufferin Ave., at 12th St.

The law can secure obedience by various means, including threat of punishment, and (more ideally) by gaining the respect of its subjects. The former implies only power, and not all power is legitimately authoritative. The latter raises an obvious question: What kinds of reasons might we have to respect the law? I will argue that authority is not an all or nothing matter; rather, the extent to which it is legitimate varies with the particular situations of those subject to it.

By Professor Mark Capustin

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