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Conflicts of Law and Morality

byKent Greenawalt

Paperback | April 30, 1999

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Powerful emotion and pursuit of self-interest have many times led people to break the law with the belief that they are doing so with sound moral reasons. This study, a comprehensive philosophical and legal analysis of the gray area in which the foundations of law and morality clash, viewsthese oblique circumstances from two perspectives: that of the person who faces a possible conflict between the claims of morality and law and must choose whether or not to obey the penal code; and that of the people who make and uphold laws and must decide whether to treat someone with a moralclaim to disobey differently from ordinary lawbreakers. In examining the extent of the obligations owed by citizens to their government, Greenawalt concentrates on the possible existence of a single source of obligation that reaches all citizens and all laws. He also discusses techniques ofamelioration of punishment for conscientious lawbreakers, asking how far legal systems should go to accommodate individuals who break the law for reason of conscience. Drawing from numerous examples of conflicts between law and morality, Greeawalt illustrates in detail the positions and predicamentsof potential lawbreakers and lawmakers alike.

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Kent Greenawalt is at Columbia University Law School.
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Title:Conflicts of Law and MoralityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.27 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195058240

ISBN - 13:9780195058246

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Drawing from numerous examples of conflicts between law and morality, Greenawalt illustrates in detail the positions and predicaments of potential lawbreakers and lawmakers alike.

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"[An] informative and original book....Greenawalt's achievement in his use and variety of illustrations is singularly impressive and illuminating."--University of Toronto Law Journal