PHILOSOPHY 330. Political Philosophy Short Paper. (Essay Sample)
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PHILOSOPHY 330 Kurt Nutting POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY Spring Semester 2020
FIRST SHORT WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020
You are to write a very short (approximately one or two (l-2) pages, typed, double-spaced) essay on the following question.
Be sure to make and keep a copy of your work, and be aware of the requirements of academic honesty in writing your paper.
You must submit two copies of your work: first, a hard copy of your essay, due in class two weeks from today, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020; second, an electronic copy of your essay, due via the Tumitin system, no later than midnight on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. You must submit both copies to receive credit for this assignment.
Look at the recommended book for this course, the second edition of Vaughn’s Writing Philosophy, available in the SFSU Bookstore, and the pamphlet by Bennett, et al., Well-Reasoned Writing (posted on the iLeam page) for some pointers on writing a philosophy essay, if you need further guidance.
In his “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” Martin Luther King Jr. tries to draw a moral distinction between the disobedience to law practiced by him and his followers, and the disobedience to law practiced by the “rabid segregationist.” He even claims that his own disobedience to the law “is in reality expressing the highest respect for law” (from Why We Can’t Wait, page 84).
Your Assignment Is: Paraphrase King’s argument, as developed from the first full paragraph on page 82 through the second full paragraph on page 84, in support of the conclusion that in some circumstances disobedience to the law expresses respect for the law.
Just and Unjust Laws
Just and Unjust Laws
Martin Luther King, in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” tries to justify his group’s disobedience of the law compared to the disobedience exhibited by their counterparts “rabid segregationist.” He claims that sometimes, disobedience to the law “is in reality expressing the highest respect for law” (King, 2000, p. 84). The answer to this question lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. Just laws should be obeyed as they have both a legal and a moral impact to the society. On the contrary, the unjust laws lack the legal and the moral aspects and hence should be ignored.
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