The Use and Abuse of Presumptions: Some comments on Dempsey on Finnis

Villanova Law Review 57:485 (2012)
Matthew J. Lister
Deakin University
This paper is a short commentary on Michelle Dempsey's contribution to a symposium on the work of John Finnis which took place at Villanova Law School in the fall of 2011. It focuses on Finnis's claim that there is a presumptive obligation to obey the law and some worries that Dempsey raises against this claim. It is forthcoming, along with several other papers from the symposium, in the Villanova Law Review
Keywords legal theory  legal obligation  John Finnis  Michelle Dempsey  Jurisprudential methodology  natural law theory  legal positivism  Duty to obey law
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