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Review Article: Legal Theory, Law, and Normativity

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Joseph Raz's new book, Between Authority and Interpretation, collects his most important papers in the philosophy of law and the theory of practical rationality from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s. In these papers, Raz not only advances earlier theses but also breaks new ground in a number of areas. The author focuses on three of Raz's topics here: theories of law, separability and necessity, and the normativity of law. He raises some room for doubt, especially with regard to his pessimism about finding a uniquely best theory of law and the relationship between law and morality. According to Raz, a theory of law is a theory of the central concepts involved in legal actions. Such a theory is "general", and can be correctly applied not only to society and culture but to other societies and cultures as well, even to societies and cultures with different concepts of law.

Keywords: Joseph Raz; morality; normativity of law; theory of law



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