The Morality of Armed Rebellion
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 16 October 2011, Question 4
I answered a question on the morality of armed rebellion on Philosophy in Action Radio on 16 October 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
When is a person (or group) justified in taking up arms against the government? In other words, how despotic must a government be for violent revolution to be morally justified? Before that point, is a person just engaged in "terrorism"?
My Answer, In Brief: Armed rebellion would be immoral and impractical at present, given that peaceful political change is still possible.
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I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. I'm a philosopher specializing the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My dissertation defended moral responsibility and moral judgment against the doubts raised by Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
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