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On Political Obligation$
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Judith N. Shklar, Samantha Ashenden, and Andreas Hess

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300214994

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300214994.001.0001

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Weizsäcker and Bonhoeffer

Weizsäcker and Bonhoeffer

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(p.15) Lecture 1: Weizsäcker and Bonhoeffer
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On Political Obligation
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Judith N. Shklar

, Samantha Ashenden, Andreas Hess
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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300214994.003.0002

In this chapter Shklar discusses the moral dilemmas and the difficult choices that people face when confronted with making decisions under extreme circumstances. The two cases discussed are that of Ernst von Weizsäcker, who worked for the German Foreign Office under the Nazis but kept largely quiet, believing that his obligation was to the regime, and that of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a radical Protestant theologian who became part of the resistance against Hitler.

Keywords:   Ernst von Weizsäcker, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Nazi regime, loyalty, obligation, resistance

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