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In this lecture, I address the fundamental question of whether we have a good moral reason for obeying the law. Understanding why we should obey the law, if we should, is the starting point for resolving conflicts between that duty and other claims upon us.

I am primarily concerned here with generally applicable laws of the state, but I also consider rules that apply to members of more limited associations, such as law schools and the bar. Concern over obligation to obey rules does not begin and end with rules of the state. Moreover, the relation of citizens to the state is illuminated by reference to more narrow associations.


Law | Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility