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Moral Aspects of Legal Theory Essays on Law, Justice, and Political Responsibility

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ISBN-10: 0521438357

ISBN-13: 9780521438353

Edition: 1993

Authors: David Lyons

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David Lyons is one of the preeminent philosophers of law active in the United States. This volume comprises essays written over a period of twenty years in which Professor Lyons outlines his fundamental views about the nature of law and its relation to morality and justice. The underlying theme of the book is that a system of law has only a tenuous connection with morality and justice. Contrary to those legal theorists who maintain that no matter how bad the law of a community might be, strict conformity to existing law automatically dispenses "formal" justice, Professor Lyons contends that the law must earn the respect that it demands. Moreover, we cannot, as some would suggest, interpret…    
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List price: $57.99
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/29/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 6.26" wide x 9.33" long x 0.94" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

The internal morality of law
On formal justice
Legal formalism and instrumentalism - a pathological study
Moral aspects of legal theory
Formal justice and judicial precedent
Derivability, defensibility and the justification of judicial decisions
Constitutional interpretation and original meaning
A preface to constitutional theory
Basic rights and constitutional interpretation
Critical analysis and constructive interpretation