The forms of authority at work in human society are so varied and pervasive that it would be a rare human being who never found himself or herself in a position of authority or subject to another’s authority. The extent to which relations of authority permeate human life underscores the need for careful thought about the obligations such relations impose on us. “The Ethics of Authority” is being prepared with a view to serving this need. It is hoped that it will:
provide a resource that will enable those in or poised to assume positions of authority to critically reflect upon the nature, value, and legitimate use of authority;
enable those subject to some authority to critically reflect upon those occasions on which it is permissible to defy that authority.