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Naturalizing JurisprudenceEssays on American Legal Realism and Naturalism in Legal Philosophy$
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Brian Leiter

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206490

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206490.001.0001

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Law and Objectivity *

Law and Objectivity *

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(p.257) 9 Law and Objectivity*
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Naturalizing Jurisprudence
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BRIAN LEITER

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206490.003.0013

This chapter surveys the whole landscape of issues about the objectivity of law (and, relatedly, morality). Metaphysical objectivity concerns the extent to which the existence and character of some class of entities depends on the states of mind of persons (i.e., their knowledge, judgment, belief, perception, or response). Epistemological objectivity concerns the extent to which we are capable of achieving knowledge about those things that are metaphysically objective. Many philosophers working in the Anglo-American traditions also worry about semantic objectivity, that is, about whether or not the propositions in some realm of discourse (physics, psychology, ethics, law, etc.) can be evaluated in terms of their truth or falsity. For a discourse to be semantically objective, and for the statements in the discourse to be true, then the things referred to by the terms of that discourse (i.e., quarks, desires, justice, legal facts) must be metaphysically objective.

Keywords:   objectivity of law, metaphysical objectivity, epistemological objectivity, morality

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