An Analysis of King vs. Dusen on Civil Disobedience
This paper looks at the differing views of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Lewis Van Dusen Jr. on civil disobedience.
# 7625 | 780 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Nov 06, 2003 in African-American Studies (1950-Present) , Political Science (Political Theory) , English (Comparison) , African-American Studies (Civil Rights)
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This is a paper that analyzes and evaluates the disagreement between Martin Luther King Jr. and Lewis Van Dusen Jr. over the ethics of civil disobedience. The writer details each argument, asks how each argument can be doubted, discusses why the disputants disagree and concludes the paper by discussing which of the two arguments is stronger.
From the Paper:"However, if one considers the implication of the argument of both the revolutionists, it could be seen that King bases most of his arguments on his observation in society. His knowledge of the law as well as his years among the poor, contribute a great deal to his opinion. In formulating his argument, King did not consider how civil disobedience would affect the "other half." The question is whether it is justified for the other half of the society to raise the issue of civil disobedience in the same manner that he is presenting for the African American society. He may have astutely presented the fact that civil ethics dictates everyone should have equal rights but did he consider what would happen if everyone were to have legal say in the matter of governing a nation?"
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