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Between Authority and InterpretationOn the Theory of Law and Practical Reason$
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Joseph Raz

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562688

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562688.001.0001

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About Morality and the Nature of Law

About Morality and the Nature of Law

(p.166) 6 About Morality and the Nature of Law
Between Authority and Interpretation

Joseph Raz (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores the connection between law and morality. It argues that the denial of necessary connections between law and morality cannot be sustained. However, many of the claims of specific necessary connections between law and morality made by legal theorists are mistaken. The chapter contends that while there are necessary connections between morality and how the law is, the more significant necessary connections relate to the evaluative perspective which informs our thinking of how the law ought to be, rather than how it is.

Keywords:   morality, concept of law, necessary connections, legal theorists

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