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Unpublished Paper
Duty to Revolt
ExpressO (2015)
  • Katherine Crabtree
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights not only prescribes universal rights but also individual duties, stating “everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.” This paper examines the nature of the right to revolution and considers whether an individual’s duty to uphold human rights includes a moral duty to revolt when the current social structure permits or requires intolerable systematic human rights violations. Four subsections discuss (1) the development and nature of disciplinary power that a government imposes on citizens in order to force conformity to the laws, (2) the power of the individual to resist the state’s disciplinary power, (3) the problem of distinguishing revolutionary acts from acts of terrorism, and (4) the issues surrounding the development of a post-revolutionary society where “the free and full development of [all citizens personalities] is possible.”
  • revolution,
  • personal duty,
  • declaration of human rights
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Katherine Crabtree. "Duty to Revolt" ExpressO (2015)
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