‘Law and Order’ and Civil Disobedience

  • Bruce Russell
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 50)


Law and order ranks high among the values the State is thought to achieve. Civil disobedience is often condemned because it is held to threaten law and order. Several senses of ‘order’ are distinguished, which make clear why ‘law’ and ‘order’ are so often linked. It is then argued that the connection cannot always be made since the legal system may itself create disorder. Civil disobedience may contribute to greater order and a more stable legal system by helping to remove these causes of disorder. Thus, civil disobedience is sometimes justifiable in terms of its contribution to law and order.


Legal System Social Order Generalization Argument Urban Renewal Civil Disobedience 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Russell
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  1. 1.Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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