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Master of Arts (MA)
The theory of natural law is analysed in relation to the concept of a right to resistance. A Western liberal tradition is posited as identified with Cicero and the Stoics, Aquinas, and Locke. The Lockean doctrine of resistance is particularly noted in connection with the American Revolution. This doctrine is argued as deficient in its failure to emphasise non-violent resistance. The central argument of this paper is therefore that, according to the theory of natural law, resistance to government should initially be expressed in terms of non-violent resistance. Certain objections to this argument are also considered.
Spring, William John, "The Theory of Natural Law in Relation to the Right of Individual and Collective Resistance Against Unjust Government" (1968). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4964.
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