The Autonomy of Law: Essays on Legal Positivism

Paperback | June 1, 1999

EditorRobert P. George

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This collection of original essays from distinguished legal philosophers offers a challenging assessment of the nature and viability of legal positivism, an approach to legal theory that continues to dominate contemporary legal theoretical debates. To what extent is the law adequatelydescribed as autonomous? Should legal theorists maintain a conceptual separation of law and morality? These and other questions are addressed by the authors of this carefully edited collection, which will be of interest to all lawyers and scholars interested in legal philosophy.

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This collection of original essays from distinguished legal philosophers offers a challenging assessment of the nature and viability of legal positivism, an approach to legal theory that continues to dominate contemporary legal theoretical debates. To what extent is the law adequatelydescribed as autonomous? Should legal theorists main...

Robert George is Professor of Law at Princeton University. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States and presidential Appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:June 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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1. Kent Greenawalt: Too Thin and Too Rich: Distinguishing Features of Legal Positivism2. Frederick Schauer: Positivism as Pariah3. R. George Wright: Does Positivism Matter?4. Gerald J. Postema: Law's Autonomy and Public Practical Reason5. Klaus Fusser: Farewell to `Legal Positivism': The Separation Thesis Unravelling6. Neil MacCormack: The Concept of law and The Concept of Law7. John Finnis: The Truth in Legal Positivism8. Philip Soper: Law's Normative Claims9. Joseph Raz: Intention in Interpretation10. Jules Coleman: Authority and Reason11. Robert P. George: Natural Law and Positive Law