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Where Law and Morality Meet

Matthew H. Kramer


This book explores some of the chief ways in which law and morality are connected, and some of the many respects in which they remain distinct. The book's eight chapters are grouped into three parts. In the first part, Kramer argues that moral principles can enter into the law of any particular jurisdiction. Legal officials can invoke those principles as laws for resolving disputes, and can likewise invoke them as threshold tests which ordinary laws must satisfy. In opposition to numerous other theorists, Kramer contends that these functions of moral principles within the law are consistent wi ... More

Keywords: legal positivism, rule of law, legal philosophy, jurisprudence, natural law, excuses, justifications

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546138
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546138.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew H. Kramer, author
Professor of Legal and Political Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of Churchill College, and Director of the Cambridge Forum for Legal and Political Philosophy
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