Between Authority and Interpretation: On the Theory of Law and Practical Reason

Paperback | October 1, 2010

byJoseph Raz

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In this book Joseph Raz develops his views on some of the central questions in practical philosophy: legal, political, and moral. The book provides an overview of Raz's work on jurisprudence and the nature of law in the context of broader questions in the philosophy of practical reason. The book opens with a discussion of methodological issues, focusing on understanding the nature of jurisprudence. It asks how the nature of law can be explained, and how the success of a legal theory can be established. The book then addresses central questions on the nature of law, its relation to morality, the nature and justification of authority, and the nature of legal reasoning. It explains how legitimate law, while being a branch of applied morality, is also a relatively autonomous system, which has thepotential to bridge moral differences among its subjects. Raz offers responses to some critical reactions to his theory of authority, adumbrating, and modifying the theory to meet some of them. The final part of the book brings together for the first time Raz's work on the nature of interpretation in law and the humanities. It includes a new essay explaining interpretive pluralism and the possibility of interpretive innovation. Taken together, the essays in the volume offer a valuable introduction for students coming for the first time to Raz's work in the philosophy of law, and an original contribution to many of the current debates in practical philosophy.

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In this book Joseph Raz develops his views on some of the central questions in practical philosophy: legal, political, and moral. The book provides an overview of Raz's work on jurisprudence and the nature of law in the context of broader questions in the philosophy of practical reason. The book opens with a discussion of methodologic...

Joseph Raz has been teaching in Oxford since 1972. He has held a chair in the philosophy of law since 1985, and has been a Research Professor since 2006. He has also held a professorship at Columbia University since 2002. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.07 inPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199596379

ISBN - 13:9780199596379

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionI: Methodological Issues2. Can there be a Theory of Law?3. Two Views of the Nature of the Theory of Law: A Partial ComparisonII: Law, Authority and Morality4. On the Nature of Law5. The Problem of Authority: Revisiting the Service Conception6. About Morality and the Nature of Law7. Incorporation by Law8. Reasoning with RulesIII: Interpretation9. Why Interpret?10. Interpretation Without Retrieval11. Intention in Interpretation12. Interpretation: Pluralism and Innovation13. On the Authority and Interpretation of Constitutions: Some PreliminariesAppendix14. Postema on Law's Autonomy and Public Practical Reasons: A Critical Comment

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"An excellent exposure to Raz's recent thoughts ... Raz offers sharp opinions in clear and unpretentious prose" --London Review of Books