His argument starts however from the conventional wisdom Many contemporary philosophers have defended philosophical anarchism - the position that we have no moral duty to obey the law, just because it is the law.2 Although there are prominent defenders of the duty to obey, anarchism is now a mainstream position, and arguably the dominant one. This article examines the role of coercion in grounding a prima facie duty to obey the positive law. the clerk 'had an obligation' or 'had a duty' to obey. If this situation is writ large in society, the gunman can be seen as the sovereign habitually obeyed and the orders ... have an obligation to obey the law. Christopher Heath Wellman , A. John Simmons The central question in political philosophy is whether political states have the right to coerce their constituents and whether citizens have a moral duty to obey the commands of their state. MORAL REASONS TO OBEY There is no denying that some people have moral reasons to obey the law… The fact that a norm “Is There a Duty to Obey the Law” is one of a new series of “For and Against” books published by Cambridge University Press in which academics are asked to write counter-essays regarding the same moral, social or political issue. The central question in political philosophy is whether political states have the right to coerce their constituents and whether citizens have a moral duty to obey the commands of their state. Thus, I reject political obligation. Duty to Obey the Law Fidelity to Law = Fundamental Duty • Solicitors (broad) ★ Must comply with the law ASCR r 4.1.5 ★ Must not engage in dishonest/disreputable conduct – either: Demonstrate that not fit/proper person Materially likely to either: Be prejudicial to or diminish public confidence in administration of justice Bring profession into disrepute Christopher Heath Wellman and A. John Simmons defend opposing answers to this question. Abstract. citizens have a duty to obey the laws of their state. Wellman bases his argument on Samaritan obligations to perform easy rescues. Walzer says that there is no 'conventional wisdom' on the subject. Is There a Duty to Obey the Law? ESSAY ON THE MORAL OBLIGATION TO OBEY THE LAW … an obligation (in the strong sense) to obey the law, as commonly understood, is to establish that its claim is justified, that the law indeed has the legitimate authority it claims to have. Request full-text PDF. discussions of the duty to obey the law. ‐ By Christopher Heath Wellman and A. John Simmons View On the Moral Obligation to Obey the Law.pdf from POLI 2107 at The University of Hong Kong. And since it will (most likely) never be the case that the people enact a constitution that decides in favor of any individual citizen, the inevitable compromise is a just constitution that sometimes requires having to obey laws that are unjust. I argue that there is at least a weak prima facie duty to obey the positive law in a minimally effective and just legal system. At the same time, I argue for something I call permeable sovereignty, a type of pluralism.3 All of our 2. First, there is the view that there is an absolute legal obligation to obey the law, one which holds that we ought always to obey the law no matter what because the law is the law and it ought always to be obeyed. Is There a Duty to Obey the Law? ... has for most of its long history been engaged with the practical and mundane-seeming question of whether there is a duty to obey the law. democracy do not have a general moral duty to obey the law.2 In other words, there is no good reason or set of reasons to obey all laws all of the time, even presumptively. There are a variety of positions that might be taken concerning the question of whether or not there is a duty to obey the law.