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Philosophical Foundations of the Nature of Law

Wil Waluchow and Stefan Sciaraffa


In recent years we have witnessed major developments in philosophical inquiry concerning the nature of law and, with the continuing development of international and transnational legal institutions, in the phenomenon of law itself. This book takes stock of current debates on the nature of law and the aims and methods of legal philosophy. The book covers four broad themes. The chapters within the first theme address and develop the traditional debates between legal positivism, natural law theory, and Dworkinian interpretivism. Chapters within the second theme focus on the power of coercion, oft ... More

Keywords: legal positivism, natural law theory, Dworkinian interpretivism, power of coercion, legal philosophy, conceptual analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199675517
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675517.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wil Waluchow, editor
Senator William McMaster Chair in Constitutional Studies, McMaster University, Canada

Stefan Sciaraffa, editor
Professor, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University, Canada

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