Rights, Culture and the Law: Themes from the Legal and Political Philosophy of Joseph Raz

Hardcover | August 6, 2003

EditorLukas H. Meyer, Stanley L. Paulson, Thomas W. Pogge

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The volume brings together a collection of original papers on some of the main tenets of Joseph Raz's legal and political philosophy: Legal positivism and the nature of law, practical reason, authority, the value of equality, incommensurability, harm, group rights, and multiculturalism. James Griffin and Yael Tamir raise questions concerning Raz's notion of group rights and its application to claims of cultural and political autonomy, while Will Kymlicka and Bernhard Peters examine Raz's theory of multicultural society. Lukas Meyer investigates the applicability of the notion ofharm in the intergenerational context. Other papers are devoted to fundamental theoretical tenets of Raz's work. Hillel Steiner and Andrei Marmor examine Raz's account of value pluralism and incommensurability in light of what these authors consider to be goods whose equal distribution must bevalued for its own sake. Robert Alexy and Timothy Endicott discuss traditional issues of jurisprudence and legal philosphy with special attention to Raz's contribution. Rudiger Bittner, Bruno Celano, and J. E. Penner discuss and criticize aspects of Raz's theory of practical reason. Jeremy Waldronpresents a critique of Raz's interpretation of authority.This volume concludes with a chapter by Joseph Raz in which he responds to arguments in the foregoing essays.

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The volume brings together a collection of original papers on some of the main tenets of Joseph Raz's legal and political philosophy: Legal positivism and the nature of law, practical reason, authority, the value of equality, incommensurability, harm, group rights, and multiculturalism. James Griffin and Yael Tamir raise questions conc...

Lukas H. Meyer is at the University of Bremen. He is Full-Time University Assistant in Political Philsophy (Wissenschaftlicher Assistent), Thomas W. Pogge received his Phd in philosophy from Harvard, and has since been teaching moral and political philosophy at Columbia University. Stanley Paulson is Professor of Law and Professor of...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:292 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.81 inPublished:August 6, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ForewordIntroductionIssues in Jurisprudence and Legal Philosophy: The Nature of Law, Practical Reason, Authority, Sources of and Gaps in the Law1. Robert Alexy: The Nature of Arguments about the Nature of Law2. Rudiger Bittner: Stronger Reasons3. Bruno Celano: Are Reasons for Action Beliefs?4. Jeremy Waldron: Authority for Officials5. J. E. Penner: Legal Reasoning and the Authority of Law6. Timothy Endicott: Raz on GapsPerspectives on Liberal Society: Equality, Incommensurability, Group Rights, and Multiculturalism7. Hillel Steiner: Equality, Incommensurability, and Rights8. Andrei Marmor: The Intrinsic Value of Economic Equality9. Lukas H. Meyer: Past and Future10. James Griffin: Group Rights11. Yael Tamir: Against Collective Rights12. Bernhard Peters: Understanding Multiculturalism13. Will Kymlicka: Liberal Theories of MulticulturalismJoseph Raz: ResponseBibliography of the Works of Joseph Raz

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`This remarkable volume brings together some of the most important work on legal positivism written in this century, including newer essays by eminent scholars in the field. And in an introductory essay, Stanley L. Paulson provides an illuminating account of the major strengths and attendantshortcomings of Kelsen's Pure Theory of Law. In short, the volume is indispensable reading for anyone interested not just in the theory of legal positivism but in legal theory generally.'Alexander Somek, University of Vienna