Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Exploring Law's EmpireThe Jurisprudence of Ronald Dworkin$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 24 June 2021

Associative Obligations and the Obligation to Obey the Law

Associative Obligations and the Obligation to Obey the Law

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

Stephen Perry

Oxford University Press

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

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .