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Practical Reason in Law and Morality

Neil MacCormick

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780198268772
eISBN:
9780191713071
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268772.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

The concept of practical reason is central to contemporary thought on ethics and the philosophy of law — acting well means acting for good reasons. Explaining this requires several stages. How do ... More


Offences and Defences: Selected Essays in the Philosophy of Criminal Law

John Gardner

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199239351
eISBN:
9780191716959
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239351.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

This book collects together a selection of John Gardner's best-known and most provocative writings on the theory of criminal law. Gardner tackles persistent and troublesome questions about the ... More


Judicial Decisions and Judicial Opinions

MARCUS GEORGE SINGER

in The Ideal of a Rational Morality: Philosophical Compositions

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198250210
eISBN:
9780191681264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250210.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter considers the relation between judicial decisions and judicial opinions — more specifically, the question whether opinions are necessary ... More


<i>Law in the Perspective of Philosophy: Causation in the Law, The Concept of Law</i>

Nicola Lacey

in A Life of H.L.A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199202775
eISBN:
9780191705953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202775.003.0010
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter focuses on the publication of Causation in the Law and The Concept of Law. Causation in the Law represents a thoroughgoing application of the linguistic philosophical analysis to law. It ... More


Law's Legitimacy and Democracy

Wojciech Sadurski

in Equality and Legitimacy

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199545179
eISBN:
9780191719905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545179.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter prepares the ground for the discussion of legitimacy of democratic laws by considering the relationship between law's legitimacy, its justification, and the obligation to obey the law. ... More


Regulating Toxic Substances: A Philosophy of Science and the Law

Carl F. Cranor

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195074369
eISBN:
9780199852932
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195074369.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This book in the philosophy of law and risk assessment is concerned with the topic of the standards of evidence in legal proceedings and regulatory decisions regarding the toxicity of chemicals. The ... More


‘Mistakes of Law’ and Legal Reasoning: Interpreting Kleinwort Benson v Lincoln City Council

Aruna Nair

in Philosophical Foundations of the Law of Unjust Enrichment

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199567751
eISBN:
9780191705267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567751.003.0013
Subject:
Law, Law of Obligations, Philosophy of Law

The chapter considers the implications of the decision of the House of Lords in Kleinwort Benson v Lincoln City Council for an understanding of the nature of legal reasoning. It also considers the ... More


Not Just Deserts: A Republican Theory of Criminal Justice

John Braithwaite and Philip Pettit

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198240563
eISBN:
9780191680205
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240563.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This book offers a new approach to sentencing and punishment. It inaugurates a radical shift in the research agenda of criminology. The authors attack currently fashionable retributivist theories of ... More


Concluding Comments: Prospects and Pitfalls for Natural Law Theory

Anthony J. Lisska

in Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law: An Analytic Reconstruction

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269670
eISBN:
9780191683732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269670.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This concluding chapter discusses the prospects and pitfalls of Thomas Aquinas' natural law theory. It highlights the renewed interest in natural law theory in contemporary philosophy of law and ... More


Exploring Law's Empire: The Jurisprudence of Ronald Dworkin

Scott Hershovitz (ed.)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199546145
eISBN:
9780191706462
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546145.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This book is a collection of essays examining the work of Ronald Dworkin in the philosophy of law and constitutionalism. A group of leading legal theorists develop, defend, and critique the major ... More


Vagueness and the Law

Scott Soames

in Analytic Philosophy in America: And Other Historical and Contemporary Essays

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691160726
eISBN:
9781400850464
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691160726.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter combines recent work on vagueness in the philosophy of language with recent work in the philosophy of law on the value of vagueness in certain legal situations. The question at issue is ... More


<i>Selling Philosophy to the Lawyers: The Chair of Jurisprudence</i>

Nicola Lacey

in A Life of H.L.A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199202775
eISBN:
9780191705953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202775.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter focuses on H. L. A. Hart's experiences as Chair of Jurisprudence at University College. Herbert's inaugural lecture as Professor of Jurisprudence, ‘Definition and Theory in ... More


The Need for Re-Examination

David Lyons

in In the Interest of the Governed: A Study in Bentham's Philosophy of Utility and Law

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198239642
eISBN:
9780191679971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239642.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter presents an interpretive study of Bentham's thought, focusing on two of his fundamental doctrines—the principle of utility and his conception of law. It suggests some new ways of reading ... More


Hartian Positivism and Normative Facts: How Facts Make Law II

Mark Greenberg

in Exploring Law's Empire: The Jurisprudence of Ronald Dworkin

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199546145
eISBN:
9780191706462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546145.003.0012
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter argues that the most influential version of legal positivism — that associated with H. L. A. Hart — fails. The argument's engine is a requirement that a constitutive account of legal ... More


The Philosophy of Francisco Suárez

Benjamin Hill and Henrik Lagerlund (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199583645
eISBN:
9780191738456
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583645.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

During the seventeenth century the Iberian Jesuit Francisco Suárez was considered one of the greatest philosophers of the age. He was the last great Scholastic thinker and profoundly influenced the ... More


The Principal Questions of Constitutional Interpretation

Sotirios A. Barber and James E. Fleming

in Constitutional Interpretation: The Basic Questions

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195328578
eISBN:
9780199855339
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328578.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter takes up the principal questions of constitutional interpretation and the assumptions underlying the enterprise of constitutional interpretation by considering William Rehnquist's ... More


The Philosophic Approach

Sotirios A. Barber and James E. Fleming

in Constitutional Interpretation: The Basic Questions

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195328578
eISBN:
9780199855339
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328578.003.0010
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter defends the philosophic approach to constitutional interpretation. This thinking for oneself must be conducted with an attitude of self-criticism, seeing constitutional interpretation as ... More


Problems of the Philosophy of Law

H. L. A. Hart

in Essays in Jurisprudence and Philosophy

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198253884
eISBN:
9780191681431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198253884.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter discusses the problems of the philosophy of law. It is more important to distinguish certain groups of questions as belonging to the philosophy of law. Three such groups of problems may ... More


The New Substance: Lassa Oppenheim on Interests

Mónica García-Salmones Rovira

in The Project of Positivism in International Law

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199685202
eISBN:
9780191765407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685202.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Public International Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter examines the work of Lassa Oppenheim, analysing him as a figure connecting several traditions and as the initiator of an important strand of twentieth-century internationalism in ... More


: Natural, Customary, and Positive Law

James Bernard Murphy

in The Philosophy of Positive Law: Foundations of Jurisprudence

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300107883
eISBN:
9780300138016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300107883.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This introductory chapter begins by considering the meaning of positive law. It then discusses debates over the relative importance of nature and convention in explaining many kinds of human conduct; ... More


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