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H. L. A. Hart

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780198253884

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198253884.001.0001

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Lon L. Fuller: The Morality of Law

Lon L. Fuller: The Morality of Law

(p.343) Essay 16 Lon L. Fuller: The Morality of Law
Essays in Jurisprudence and Philosophy

H. L. A. Hart

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Lon L. Fuller's book The Morality of Law. This imaginative, original, and thought-provoking book is richly stocked with a variety of themes, many of which deserve a much fuller treatment than this chapter accords to them. Its central theme is the unique virtue of conceiving of law and even of defining ‘law’ as ‘the [purposive] enterprise of subjecting human conduct to the governance of rules’. The morality of duty and the morality of aspiration, and the inner and external moralities of law are described. In this book, Fuller considers the appropriateness to different types of issue of different decision-procedures, among them adjudication and majority vote.

Keywords:   Lon Fuller, The Morality of Law, human conduct, morality of aspiration

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