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A Theory of Law

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674435643

Publication Date: 01/01/1984

190 pages


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  • Preface
  • I. Introduction
    • The Problem of Motivation
    • Legal and Political Theory
    • Etiology and Prognosis
  • II. Legal Theory
    • Classical Positivism: Taking Austin Seriously
    • Modern Positivism: The Search for Normativity
    • A Fresh Start: Taking Obligation Seriously
    • Natural Law and Other Nontheories
    • A Theory of Law
  • III. Political Theory
    • Preliminaries
    • Failure of the Standard Paradigms
    • Autonomy and Authority
    • A Theory of Political Obligation
    • Legal and Political Theory Revisited
  • IV. Connections
    • Political Theory and the Concept of Law
    • Legal Theory and the Concept of Obligation
  • V. Applications
    • Law, Morality, and Certainty
    • Courts and Legislatures
    • The Claim of Acceptability
    • The Concept of Rights
    • The Right to Discourse
    • Death and Transfiguration
  • VI. Implications
    • Nihilism and Other Maladies
    • The Problem of Commitment
    • Choosing a View
  • Notes
  • Index

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