“One has not only a legal but also a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Discuss what the afore mentioned quote means to you in today’s context. – PuuchoIAS


Topic: Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

7. “One has not only a legal but also a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Discuss what the afore mentioned quote means to you in today’s context. (250 words)

Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications.  

Why the question:

The question is based on the theme of moral responsibility.

Key Demand of the question:

One must elaborate the significance of moral responsibility and in what way it is important in both obeying just laws and disobeying unjust laws.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly highlight your understanding of the quote.

Body:

Explain that in a democracy, a law not only has the statutory sanction but also reflects the will of the people. Obedience to the law of the land is also a moral obligation for maintaining social and political order in the interest of common good. Socrates when condemned to death, did not flee the city. According to him, it would have been violation of law amounting to mistreatment or disrespect of his fellow citizens.

Discuss its importance in the current context. Give examples such as that of Criminalizing Homosexuality, Adultery and sexual harassment etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with significance.

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