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Law and Life in Common

Timothy Macklem


We live in a moral world in which reasons come in different kinds as well as different weights, so that the claims of one reason upon us are often different from but no greater than the claims of some other reason. Yet law, in its self-presentation and in theoretical accounts of it, proceeds as if its rational pull was conclusive, as if there were no sensible alternative to compliance with its terms. In itself that should not be surprising: each of us often acts as if the reasons that animate us were morally determinative, and indeed our actions may subsequently make that so. Why should law op ... More

Keywords: jurisprudence, analytic legal philosophy, legal theory, applied philosophy, value pluralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198735816
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735816.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Macklem, author
Professor of Jurisprudence, Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London