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Practical Reason and Norms

Joseph Raz


This book focuses on three problems: In what way are rules normative, and how do they differ from ordinary reasons? What makes normative systems systematic? What distinguishes legal systems, and in what consists their normativity? All three questions are answered by taking reasons as the basic normative concept, and showing the distinctive role reasons have in every case, thus paving the way to a unified account of normativity. Rules are a structure of reasons to perform the required act and an exclusionary reason not to follow some competing reasons. Exclusionary reasons are explained, and us ... More

Keywords: rules, reasons, legal systems, normativity, basic normative, exclusionary reason, orders, promises, decisions, games

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198268345
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268345.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Raz, author
University of Oxford; and Visiting Professor of Jurisprudence, Columbia University, New York