The authority of law: essays on law and morality

New York: Oxford University Press (1979)
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Legitimate authority -- The claims of law -- Legal positivism and the sources of law -- Legal reasons, sources, and gaps -- The identity of legal systems -- The institutional nature of law -- Kelsen's theory of the basic norm -- Legal validity -- The functions of law -- Law and value in adjudication -- The rule of law and its virtue -- The obligation to obey the law -- Respect for law -- A right to dissent? : civil disobedience -- A right to dissent? : conscientious objection --The purity of the pure theory -- The argument from justice, or how not to reply to legal positivism



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Legitimate Authority*

The notion of authority is one of the most controversial concepts found in legal and political philosophy. It has been included in the discussion of legitimate forms of social organization and legitimate forms of political action. This chapter introduces the philosophical analysis of the c... see more

Kelsen’s Theory of The Basic Norm*

This chapter discusses one of Kelsen's doctrines on legal philosophy. It focuses on his theory of the basic norm, which has earned criticism as well as admiration for the obscure manner in which Kelsen explained it. In the chapter, an attempt to demythologize the concept of the basic norm ... see more

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