Conscience and conviction the case for civil disobedience kimberley brownlee oxford legal philosophy offers a new sustained account of the moral and legal merits of conscientious disobedience particularly civil disobedience details a thought provoking alternative to standard liberal positions on political participation and principled . In her thorough careful and insightful discussion kimberley brownlee explores the nature of conscience and conscientious convictions and draws important conclusions concerning the justifiable protection of acts of civil disobedience the first part of her book discusses morality while the second part discusses law. The series represents diverse traditions of thought but always with an emphasis on rigour and originality it sets the standard in contemporary jurisprudencethis book shows that civil disobedience is generally more defensible than private conscientious objectionpart i explores the morality of conviction and conscience. This book shows that civil disobedience is generally more defensible than private conscientious objection part i explores the morality of conviction and conscience each of these concepts informs a distinct argument for civil disobedience the conviction argument begins with the communicative principle of conscientiousness cpc. The conscience argument is narrower and shows that genuinely morally responsive civil disobedience honours the best of our moral responsibilities and is protected by a duty based moral right of conscience part ii translates the conviction argument and conscience argument into two legal defences the first is a demands of conviction defence
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