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Exploring Law's EmpireThe Jurisprudence of Ronald Dworkin$
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Scott Hershovitz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546145.001.0001

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Associative Obligations and the Obligation to Obey the Law

Associative Obligations and the Obligation to Obey the Law

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(p.183) 8 Associative Obligations and the Obligation to Obey the Law
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Exploring Law's Empire
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Stephen Perry

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546145.003.0009

Part of the complex fabric of Dworkin's Law's Empire is an argument that, under certain conditions, there is a general moral obligation to obey the law. This chapter fleshes out Dworkin's argument for a general obligation to obey the law. The argument turns on the premise that the general obligation to obey the law is an associative obligation — an obligation that arises within certain kinds of limited human associations. The chapter makes a novel suggestion regarding the proper way of understanding Dworkin's key premise: that certain human associations give rise to political obligation in virtue of their being relationships of intrinsic value.

Keywords:   Dworkin, political obligation, associative obligation, intrinsic value, instrumentalism

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