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Law as a Leap of Faith: Essays on Law in General

John Gardner


How do laws resemble rules of games, moral rules, personal rules, rules found in religious teachings, school rules, and so on? Are laws rules at all? Are they all made by human beings? And if so how should we go about interpreting them? How are they organized into systems, and what does it mean for these systems to have ‘constitutions’? Should everyone want to live under a system of law? Is there a special kind of ‘legal justice’? Does it consist simply in applying the law of the system? And how does it relate to the ideal of ‘the rule of law’? These and other classic questions in the philosop ... More

Keywords: law, legal system, rule, ruling, reasoning, constitution, custom, morality, legality, justice, Hart

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199695553
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695553.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Gardner, author
Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford