Socrates, estoppel, law and ethics, ethical obligation to obey law
Ethics in Religion | Law | Legal History
Do we have an obligation to obey any law, no matter how unjust or evil, provided only that it is in fact a valid rule of the legal system in which we happen to be physically located? Reassessment of the relation between law and ethics justifies a new look at the classic statement of legal obligation: the death of Socrates found in the dialogues of Plato. Three possible bases for an ethical obligation to obey the law are examined.
D'Amato, Anthony, "Obligation to Obey the Law: A Study of the Death of Socrates" (2010). Faculty Working Papers. 111.