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Boston University School of Law




How can one reply to the presentations and discussion of this conference? I think in the same spirit. The paper that took issue most substantially with some writing of mine was Aaron Garrett’s, Courage, Political Resistance, and Self-Deceit. What I have called political resistance has proved difficult for philosophers to theorize about. Aaron helps us to understand it much better. I am truly grateful for that and I am delighted to have provided the occasion for his paper. The same goes for the other contributions to this conference, which address issues more deeply than I have found it possible to do. But that is to be expected; we build on each other’s work. It seems fitting for me to respond in kind. So I will offer some thoughts that are inspired by these discussions. They can be placed under three headings: utility, justice, and law.

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