Should You Obey the Law? – Philosophy Tube

What laws do you have to follow, and why should you follow them?
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Suggested Reading:
General Overviews:
Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy on Political Obligation:
William Edmundson, “State of the Art,” in Legal Theory, 2004.
Jonathan Wolff, “Political Obligation, Fairness and Independence,” in Ratio, 1995

Matthew Smith, “Political Obligation and the Self,” in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2011.

David Hume, “Of the Original Contract.”
Richard Dagger, “Membership, Fair Play and Political Obligation,” in Political Studies, 2000.

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