A Right to Dissent? II.
This chapter discusses another form of dissent and individual autonomy: the conscientious objection. While civil disobedience is a political act designed to change public policies, conscientious objection is a public act, or acts, designed to protect the agent from interference by the public authority. The discussion in the chapter explores in a general way various considerations for and against the right to conscientious objection, including various alternative solutions to such a right. Topics discussed include conscience and the respect for the autonomy of a person, conscience within the context of the purpose of law, and freedom of conscience and the right to object.
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