Ethics and the Rule of Law

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Cambridge University Press, 1984 - Law - 229 pages
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An introduction to the philosophy of law, which offers a modern and critical appraisal of all the main issues and problems. This has become a very active area in the last ten years, and one on which philosophers, legal practitioners and theorists and social scientists have tended to converge. The more abstract questions about the nature of law and its relationship to social norms and moral standards are now seen to be directly relevant to more practical and indeed pressing questions about the justification of punishment, civil disobedience, the enforcement of morality, and problems about justice, rights, welfare, and freedom. David Lyons is a shrewd, clear and systematic guide through this tangled area. The book presupposes no formal training in law or philosophy and is intended to serve as a textbook in a range of introductory courses.
 

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Contents

Social relativism
15
The justification of moral judgments
29
The Austinian sovereign
48
Morality in
61
The inner morality of
74
The moral resolution of hard cases
87
The moral neutrality of
104
Welfare justice and distribution
110
Legal coercion and moral principle
145
Liberty and law
170
The rule of law
194
Notes
215
Index
227
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