Civil Disobedience and Nonviolence: A Distinction with a Difference

  title={Civil Disobedience and Nonviolence: A Distinction with a Difference},
  author={Berel Lang},
  pages={156 - 159}
  • B. Lang
  • Published 1 January 1970
  • Philosophy
  • Ethics
Virtually all the discussions of those two forms of action have assumed that acts of civil disobedience are bound in principle by the restraints of nonviolence. The presumption of this connection has been able to draw on the fact that advocates of the one form of action have often been advocates of the other. Such historical connections, however, do not imply a conceptual convergence; and I shall attempt to show here that there is no such convergence-that instances of nonviolent, political… Expand
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