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Morality and the Nature of Law

Kenneth Einar Himma


This book is concerned with explicating the conceptual relationships between law and morality. In particular, it explores the conceptual relationship between morality and the criteria that determine what counts as law in a given society (i.e. the criteria of legal validity). Is it a necessary condition for the existence of a legal system that it includes moral criteria of legal validity? Is it even possible for a legal system to have moral criteria of legal validity? The book considers the views of natural law theorists ranging from Blackstone to Dworkin and rejects them, arguing that it is no ... More

Keywords: law, religious law, conceptual theory, municipal law, international law, nature of law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723479
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198723479.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Einar Himma, author
Part-Time Lecturer, University of Washington