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In Defense of Legal PositivismLaw Without Trimmings$
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Matthew H. Kramer

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264834

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264834.001.0001

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The Law in Action: a Study in Good and Evil

The Law in Action: a Study in Good and Evil

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In Defense of Legal Positivism


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This chapter undertakes a defense of legal positivism against the assaults of Michael Detmold, who purports to have established the existence of important necessary connections between law and morality. It maintains that Detmold has conflated distinct dimensions of morality (which are disentangled in this book’s opening chapter), and that his natural-law theory collapses when the distinctions among those different dimensions are duly noted.

Keywords:   Michael Detmold, legal positivism, natural law, morality, law, adjudication

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