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Morality and the Nature of Law$
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Kenneth Einar Himma

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723479

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198723479.001.0001

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Relationships Between Law and Morality

Relationships Between Law and Morality

(p.5) 1 Relationships Between Law and Morality
Morality and the Nature of Law

Kenneth Einar Himma

Oxford University Press

This chapter distinguishes three types of inquiry about law. It articulates the two conceptual views about morality and the nature of law that comprise the focus of this volume. First, the chapter explains positivist and anti-positivist views with respect to whether it is a conceptual truth that the criteria of legal validity include moral constraints on the content of law. It then turns to the dispute between inclusive and exclusive positivists with respect to whether it is conceptually possible for a legal system to have content-based moral criteria of validity. Finally, this chapter argues that the claim that conceptual jurisprudence should not be done is either unclear or false.

Keywords:   morality, nature of law, positivism, anti-positivism, legal validity, inclusive positivists, exclusive positivists, conceptual jurisprudence

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