The Authority of Law

Paperback | September 7, 2009

byJoseph Raz

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This classic collection of essays, first published in 1979, has had an enduring influence on philosophical work on the nature of law and its relation to morality. Raz begins by presenting an analysis of the concept of authority and what is involved in law's claim to moral authority. He thendevelops a detailed explanation of the nature of law and legal systems, presenting a seminal argument for legal positivism. Within this framework Raz then examines the areas of legal thought that have been viewed as impregnated with moral values - namely the social functions of law, the ideal ofthe rule of law, and the adjudicative role of the courts.The final part of the book is given to understanding the proper moral attitude of a citizen towards the law. Raz examines whether the citizen is under a moral obligation to obey the law and whether there is a right to dissent. Two appendices, added for the revised edition, develop Raz's views onthe nature of law, offering a further dialogue with the work of Hans Kelsen, and a reply to Robert Alexy's criticisms of legal positivism.This revised edition makes accessible one of the classic works of modern legal philosophy, and represents an ideal companion to Raz's new collection, Between Authority and Interpretation.

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This classic collection of essays, first published in 1979, has had an enduring influence on philosophical work on the nature of law and its relation to morality. Raz begins by presenting an analysis of the concept of authority and what is involved in law's claim to moral authority. He thendevelops a detailed explanation of the natur...

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:330 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:September 7, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Law and Authority1. Legitimate Authority2. The Claims of LawPart II: The Nature of Law and Natural Law3. Legal Positivism and the Sources of Law4. Legal Reason, Sources, and Gaps5. The Identity of Legal Systems6. The Institutional Nature of Law7. Kelsen's Theory of the Basic Norm8. Legal ValidityPart III: Internal Legal Values9. The Functions of Law10. Law and Value in Adjudication11. The Rule of Law and its VirtuePart IV: Moral Attitudes to the Law12. The Obligation to Obey the Law13. Respect for Law14. A Right to Dissent? I. Civil Disobedience15. A Right to Dissent? II. Conscientious ObjectionPart V: AppendicesAppendix I The Purity of the Pure TheoryAppendix II The Argument from Justice