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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594606382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594606380
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,589,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional collections. --Choice Magazine

About the Author

Charles Nemeth is the Director of Graduate Criminal Justice as well as a professor of Professional Studies at the California University of Pennsylvania.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Cheek on December 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
In this thoughtful and succinct study, Nemeth (California Univ. of Pennsylvania) attempts to synthesize the social, religious, and legal thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and Martin Luther King, Jr., regarding civil disobedience and the need for "an objective moral order" (p. 90). In the first two chapters, the nature of law is explained, especially the categories of Thomistic legal thinking, as well as the meaning of civil disobedience. Chapters three and four argue for the compatibility of civil disobedience and the Christian life. The "radical" aspect of the interpretation suggests that an unjust law should not be obeyed. The final chapter proposes areas of agreement between Aquinas and King regarding civil disobedience. The book provides an engaging and lucid introduction to Aquinas on law. Unfortunately, the analysis of King's thought is less discerning, and fails to appreciate the overriding influence of Boston Personalism upon his views of social and political life. The author is correct to suggest both Aquinas and King "deliver an ethical construct that mirrors human life" (p. 102); however, the divergence between Aquinas and King may be greater than the proposed convergence.

H. Lee Cheek, Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Athens State University
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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Chair and Professor
Security, Fire and Emergency Management
445 West 59th Street
Room 3521N
New York, New York 10019

Charles P. Nemeth, J.D., Ph.D. LL.M.
B.A. - University of Delaware, M.S. - Niagara University, M.A. - Duquesne University, J.D. - University of Baltimore, M.A, Ph.D. - Duquesne University, LL.M. - George Washington University

Charles P. Nemeth, Chair and Professor of Security, Fire and Emergency Management at John Jay College, has spent the vast majority of his professional life in the study and practice of law and justice, the role of private sector justice in a free society and the ethical demands on justice professionals. A recognized expert on ethics and the legal system, appellate legal practice and private-sector justice, he also is a prolific writer, having published numerous texts and articles on law and justice throughout his impressive career. His most recent works include these titles: Private Security and the Investigative Process (CRC Press, 2010); Introduction to Homeland Security (CRC Press, 2010); Private Security and the Law 4th (Elsevier, 2012); Aquinas and King: A Discourse on Civil Disobedience (Carolina Academic Press, 2010); Aquinas and Crime (St. Augustine's Press, 2009), Criminal Law (Prentice Hall, 2003; CRC Press 2011), Law & Evidence: A Primer for Criminal Justice, Criminology, Law, and Legal Studies (Prentice Hall, 2001; Jones and Bartlett, 2010) and Aquinas in the Courtroom (Greenwood and Praeger Publishing, 2001). In addition, he published were Private Sector and Public Safety: A Community Based Approach (Prentice-Hall, 2005), The Prevention Agency (California University of PA Press-ILPP, 2005) and The Paralegal Resource Manual (McGraw Hill 2008).

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