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Legal Directives and Practical Reasons

Noam Gur


This book investigates law’s interaction with practical reasons. What difference can legal requirements—be they traffic rules, tax laws, work safety regulations, or others—make to normative reasons relevant to our action? The book critically examines some of the existing answers to that question and puts forward an alternative account. At the outset, two competing positions are pitted against each other: first, the view taken by Joseph Raz, that when the law satisfies certain conditions that endow it with legitimate authority, it acquires pre-emptive force, namely it constitutes reasons for ac ... More

Keywords: law, authority, practical reasons, reasons for action, pre-emptive reasons, exclusionary reasons, weighing reasons, cognitive biases, law-abiding attitudes, disposition to comply with legal requirements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199659876
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199659876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noam Gur, author
Lecturer in Law, Queen Mary University of London