INDIVIDUAL CONSCIENCE AND THE LAW
Thoreau's defense of "Civil
we should be men first and subjects
second: higher obligation to to follow our individual consciences than
to obey the law
Discussion: law and ethics distinct
decisions about obeying the
law are themselves moral decisions
doesn't follow that legality
some acts may be morally o.k.
for being illegal: taking a drink (during prohibition) or a toke (now)
but morally wrong given
their illegality: running red lights
nor that it is: e.g.
running red lights carefully at 4am