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Philosophical Criminology$
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Andrew Millie

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323709

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323709.001.0001

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Rules

Rules

Chapter:
(p.85) Six Rules
Source:
Philosophical Criminology
Author(s):

Andrew Millie

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447323709.003.0006

This chapter focuses on normative and legal rules that are implemented in the attempt to make a more ordered society. Politicians continually stress their support for people who ‘play by the rules’. However, the extent to which individuals actually stick to the rules is debated. Furthermore, this chapter considers whether it is always right to adhere to the normative and legal rules imposed in society. If the rules are prejudice or discriminatory then is it actually immoral to adhere to them. The view argued here is that society’s laws are to some extent based upon some form of morality, even if that morality is sometimes mistaken or misguided. The law itself operates through a system of excerptions therefore it is not equally applied to all situations. This is discussed alongside game theory where rules are used in order to suit an individual advantage.

Keywords:   rules, law, prejudice, discrimination, morality

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