Title

Review of The Authority of Law: Essays on Law and Morality by Joseph Raz

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

7-1982

ISSN

1558-1470

Publisher

Duke University Press

Language

en-US

Abstract

The title of this books marks out a subject both fitting and timely for a confessed legal positivist to explore. Positivists differ on what law is and whether morality is rationally respectable, but they agree that there is (as H.L.A. Hart has put it) "no necessary connection" between law and morals. Though it seems a platitude to many, this doctrine remains for critics a focus of attack, including the important recent one launched by Ronald Dworkin. It is a central theme of Raz's book.

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