Saying ‘No’ Through Civil Disobedience


Saying ‘No’ Through Civil Disobedience



When Jason Hill was in Turkey, he met a family with a gregarious nine-year-old daughter. When he compared her lively personality with the distant, quiet, and isolated behavior of her burka-clad mother and sister, he began to shudder. He realized that in a few years, she too would be expected to put on similar outfits and withdraw from the world.

Are burkas an example of something we shouldn’t tolerate? Are there other people we should just say no to: anti-gay marriage activists, xenophobes, those who oppose assimilation? On this episode we ask these questions and consider the possibility that we haven’t done enough to challenge profound moral wrongs.

Jason Hill is a Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. His areas of specialization are Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Cosmopolitanism, Philosophical Psychology, Philosophy of Education and Race Theory. He is the author of Becoming a Cosmopolitan: What it Means to be a Human Being in the New Millennium; Beyond Blood Identities: Post Humanity in the 21st Century; Civil Disobedience and the Politics of Identity: When We Should Not Get Along; and the forthcoming novel Jamaica Boy in Search of America.


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Saying ‘No’ Through Civil Disobedience