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Civil Disobedience

Socrates decided that refusing to concede to the declaration of the Athenian court that sentenced him to death was the wrong decision. In a somewhat similar situation, Aristotle decided to opt for a kind of preemptive civil disobedience by leaving Athens. In what cases is civil disobedience justified? What extent of disobedience is acceptable? Must civil disobedience be non-violent? Use the Internet to explore these issues. Good places to start your investigation might be the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. You might also look into the tactics of animal rights and environmental activists.


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