Positive and Natural Law Revisited

Modern Schoolman 49 (May):295-317 (1972)
The debate between Lon Fuller and HLA Hart on the nature of law rests on two views on the connection between law and having a reason for action. Fuller's assumes that to say that something is a law is by itself reason-providing; Hart's view must deny this. If we can identify whether something is a law purely by descriptive criteria, then for something to be a law should not by itself provide an agent with any reason for action, however weak.
Keywords natural law  positive law  HLA Hart  reasons for action
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DOI 10.5840/schoolman197249493
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