Should Law Improve Morality?

Criminal Law and Philosophy 7 (3):473-494 (2013)

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Leslie Green
Oxford University
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Lawyers and philosophers have long debated whether law should enforce social morality. This paper explores whether law should improve social morality. It explains how this might be possible, and what sort of obstacles, factual and moral, there are to doing so. It concludes with an example: our law should attempt to improve our social morality of sexual conduct
Keywords Social morality  Consent  Rape  HLA Hart  Patrick Devlin  Paul Robinson
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DOI 10.1007/s11572-013-9248-3
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